WCDRR Working Session: Early Warning

Event Organisers: 

Governments: Japan (Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), other National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), Germany – tentative

Major Groups: IFRC

UN: WMO, UNESCO, UNDP, UNESCAP, UNOOSA, ITU, UNITAR

Venue Country: 

  • Japan

Venue City: 

Sendai

Venue: 

Sendai International Centre, Main Hall

Date: 

14/03/2015

Language of event: 

English

Description: 

Over the last decades there has been an increase in weather-related disasters, changes in societal structures, and advancements in weather prediction technologies. The session will examine in particular experiences in early warning. The integration of geospatial technology as part of risk communication has been a key to success to early warning systems and risk information application by governments, businesses and individuals. The identification of policies and regulations; the prioritization of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation investment options; the development of sovereign risk financing options; the design of risk-sensitive business models; and better risk management decision-making has added to more effective early warning.

UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER is co-organizing this side event with its partners with the following objectives:

1. To review the progress made in the field of early warning at all levels, particularly with the implementation of EWS since 2005, and the trends in the development of EWS around the globe for various hazards and geographical contexts.

2. To identify prevailing gaps and needs in different components of EWS,

3. To address the challenges for strengthening EWS, in particular, for shifting from single-hazard EWS to Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems. Challenges include developing an agile system to respond to various user needs and developing regional support mechanism for early warning. The recommendations will be translated into commitments to action through networking or partnership.

The working session will take place on Saturday 14 March 17:00 - 18:30

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