Centre of Excellence on Climate and Disaster Resilience: Roadmap to Resilience

The stakes for our planet have never been higher.  Climate and disaster risks are growing faster than our collective efforts to build resilience. There is an urgent need to shift focus from the relentless cycle of disaster response and recovery to far greater investment in prevention and preparedness. We need to tackle the root causes of disasters, especially the vulnerability and exposure of communities to growing climate-related hazards and other risks.

Session Objectives

  1. Present the CoE Roadmap highlighting key themes, and projected deliverables
  2. Provide diverse perspectives on how to accelerate ex-ante action from prevention to preparedness
  3. Discuss challenges and opportunities to build climate and disaster resilience in highly vulnerable and fragile contexts
  4. Offer opportunities for Member States and local actors to reflect on expectations of the Centre of Excellence


  • Roger Pulwarty - Senior Scientist in the NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory at the NOAA Office of Oceans and Atmospheric Research


  • Wenjian Zhang - Assistant Secretary General, WMO
  • Ricardo Mena - Director, UNDRR - @RicardoTMena, @UNDRR
  • Saber Hossain Chowdhury - Bangladesh Parliamentarian and Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Ministry of Env Forest & Climate Change - @saberhc
  • Gernot Laganda - Chief, Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes, WFP - @gernot_laganda
  • Karibaiti Toaoba - Regional Director Commonwealth Local Government Forum Pacific - @KaribaitiTaoaba

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The CoE will promote the importance of improving the collection of loss and damage data so policymakers can invest scarce resources in the right areas to reduce risk.

Where do we stand

WMO and UNDRR established the Centre of Excellence at the end of 2021 to harness critical expertise and experience to scale up efforts to build climate and disaster resilience. Its overarching aim is to fast-track achievement of the 2030 Agenda, including the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework. 


  1. Development of policy and technical guidance,
  2. Capacity building and
  3. High-level advocacy on core issues,

The CoE aims to strengthen the evidence base and enhance comprehensive risk management, including improved governance, financing, early warning and anticipatory action.

The CoE will aim to help countries avert, minimize and address climate and disaster related loss and damage.

It will focus attention on highly vulnerable and fragile contexts where needs are greatest, but obstacles make resilience building especially challenging.

Session guiding questions

  1. What is the concrete plan for the roll-out of the Centre of Excellence? What does it aim to accomplish in the near term?
  2. How can we shift international focus more toward ex ante risk reduction?
  3. What is the best hope for achieving disaster and climate resilience in vulnerable and fragile contexts?
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26 May 2022
11:15 - 12:45 (Bali UTC+8)


Singaraja Hall 2
BNDCC 1-1st Floor

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Loretta Hieber Girardet hieber-girardet@un.org Adam Fysh Adam.fysh@un.org

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