MHEWC-III State of play on early warning systems: Progress on Target G & Stocktake for Sendai Framework Mid-Term Review
- Review global trends in extreme events and implications for cascading risk
- "Take stock" of progress in the implementation of Target G of the Sendai Framework and review gaps
- Report on latest trends in MHEWS and early action design, results, and impact and share knowledge, lessons learned, and emerging examples of good practices
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
The Sendai Framework was adopted by 187 Member States at the Forth United (UN) World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, on March 18, 2015 “to achieve the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries over the next 15 years”.
The Sendai Framework puts forward seven global targets including Target G: Substantially increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to people by 2030.
While considerable progress has been made, for example, in terms of information and communication technology access and use, many challenges remain including reaching the “last mile”. It is estimated a third of people globally – mostly in developing countries – are still not covered by EWSs. Integrating early warning systems into coherent multi-sector and multi-hazard risk governance and reaching all exposed and vulnerable populations in many countries remains a challenge.
Seven years into the implementation of the Framework, the Disaster Risk Reduction community has an excellent opportunity to take stock of where we are, what we have accomplished, what we have learned, and to jointly explore how we can collectively transform our engagement to accelerate progress in achieving the Framework’s ambitions. Moreover, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has tasked the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to lead an effort in collaboration with other UN agencies to address the gap in early warning access and present an action plan by 27th Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC in November 2022, to achieve the goal that Early Warning Systems protecting everyone within five years .
The mid-point of Sendai Framework implementation marks a time of increased global urgency. Disasters strike at an unprecedented rate, with the most recent decade experiencing an over three-fold increase in the frequency of disaster occurrence, compared to the 1980s. Disasters are also becoming more costly, disrupting critical services and economic activities, setting back the global economy by an average of USD 170 billion every year.
Panel 1: Speakers from different regions will share progress, challenges and solutions
Panel 2: Good practice examples of EWS to enable action, and remaining challenges and solutions.
Concluding session: Stocktake on progress on ensuring early warning is accessible and for Sendai Framework Mid-Term Review.
Moderator: Johan Stander | Director of Services Department, WMO
Keynote Speaker: Ricardo Mena Speck | UNDRR Director
Moderator: Loretta Hieber Girardet | Director, Risk knowledge Branch, UNDRR
Keynote Speaker: Cyrille Honoré | Director, Disaster Risk Reduction and Public Services
The mid-point of Sendai Framework implementation marks a time of increased global urgency. Disasters strike at an unprecedented rate, with the most recent decade experiencing an over three-fold increase in the frequency of disaster occurrence, compared to the 1980s. Moreover, disasters are also becoming more costly, setting back the global economy by an average of USD 170 billion every year. Reducing mortality, the number of people injured, displaced, and left without a livelihood has never been more challenging given the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic.
BICC First Floor
ParticipationOpen to those registered for the conference
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