MHEWC-III High Level Panel: Working together for scaled up action


Session objectives


  1. To deliver on the call by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to protect everyone on Earth against increasingly extreme weather through early warning systems within the next 5 years and other international agreement related to Early Warning Systems.  
  2. To contribute to a road map for scaled-up action on early warning systems and reach related targets towards UNFCCC COP27, in Egypt. 
  3. Invite commitments and engage partners to accelerate progress towards scaling-up early warning systems. 




  • Mr. Selwin Charles Hart | Special Adviser and Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Action - United Nations
  • Prof. Petteri Taalas | Secretary-General – WMO (via live video link)
  • Ms Luísa Celma Caetano Meque | National Institute of Disaster Management - Mozambique
  • Mr. Sameh Wahba | Global Director, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice – World Bank
  • H.E. Ambassador Vincent Piket | Head of Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam – European Union 
  • Mr. Stéphane Pailler | Head Climate and Environment Division, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs - France  
  • Mr. Ken O’Flaherty | COP26 Regional Ambassador to Asia-Pacific and South Asia - UK 
  • Mr Franz Breitwieser | Director, Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Background & Context


During the World Meteorological Day 2022, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres unveiled an ambitious target - “to protect everyone on Earth against increasingly extreme weather through early warning systems within the next 5 years”. This announcement highlighted the importance of early warnings that enable early action as critical tools to combat disaster risk and support climate adaptation.  

The Third Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference will identify key gaps, needs and priorities in the whole early warning value chain. It will take stock of countries’ capacities regarding observations, monitoring, prediction, warning, communication and ability to take early action.  Achieving global coverage of early warning systems will only be possible if all actors across the early warning to early action value chain raise their ambition and accelerate action together 

Strengthening programmes on early warning systems is linked to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in line with several international agreements/frameworks such as the Sendai Framework and the Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, which aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change through appropriate financial flows, new technology and enhanced capacity building frameworks.   

The High-Level panel will bring together country, financing organizations and partner representatives to engage and identify how scaled-up action can help deliver early warning systems based on a strong data foundation that reach all populations at risk from extreme weather and human-induced climate events within the next 5 years. Through interactive discussions, the panel will reflect on progress in the implementation and sustainability of early warning systems. The session will invite commitments for scaled-up investment on early warnings that enable early action. 


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The First Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-I): Saving Lives, Reducing Losses was organized by IN-MHEWS and took place on the 22nd and 23rd of May 2017 in Cancún, Mexico, as a pre-event to the Fifth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2017 (GP2017). The Second Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-II) took place on the 13th and 14th of May 2019 as a pre-event to the Sixth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) at the Headquarters of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva. 

Building on the progress and achievements of the first two conferences, the Third Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-III) is planned to take place 21-22 May 2022 at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, Bali, Indonesia. MHEWC-III provides a unique opportunity to review key accomplishments, share skills, experience, and expertise within an active MHEWS network. Attendees will exchange and explore how the community can scale efforts in MHEWS implementation to better deliver on the aspirations of MHEWS the Sendai Framework, Paris Agreement, and Sustainable Development Goals.  Moreover, practical training opportunities to support and enhance understanding and utilization of key advances in science will be organized. Training is envisioned to include modules on artificial intelligence, new data sources/information, communication standards / technologies, monitoring and evaluation to track the effectiveness of MHEWS.

Panel on Stage during Discussion Event


24 May 2022
15:40 - 16:50 (Bali UTC+8)

Online access

Remote participation available to those registered for the conference


Open to those registered for the conference




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Organized by

Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Secretariat Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP) Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) World Bank / Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) World Meteorological Organization (WMO)


On behalf of the co-chairs of IN-MHEWS (UNOOSA/ UN-SPIDER and WMO),

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