New Brief to Support Water and Disaster Risk Reduction Agenda

Posted: 2014-07-22

GWP has been requested by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to support the preparations for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in March 2015 in Sendai, Japan. With inputs from its partners, GWP led the development of a brief on Water and Disaster Risk.

The brief states that water is key in managing disaster and addressing climate change impacts, because water is the medium throught which most climate impacts and many disasters such as droughts and floods are felt. To recognize this reality and to respond accordingly is essential.

Work in Progress

The Water and Disaster brief was introduced a the First Session of the Preparatory Committee of the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place in Geneva on 14-15 July 2014.

In some of the concluding remarks from the meeting, Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, said that she was encouraged by the Preparatory Committee’s substantive discussions and clear guidance to what the post-2015 framework should look like.

GWP is actively engaged in shaping the post-2015 agenda related to Disaster Risk Reduction, bringing to bear the experience and expertise of its network.  

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