MHEWC-III Status, gaps and ways forward - Thematic perspective: Preparedness, early action, anticipatory action; Humanitarian angle


Session objective


Early warning is not effective unless it leads to anticipatory action that reaches the most vulnerable and at risk people in the hardest to reach places to save lives, reduce impact on livelihoods and loss and damage on infrastructures. The objectives of the session are to demonstrate the benefits of anticipatory action on the ground and the need for risk-informed preparedness for response actions that ensure the safety and dignity of all people. The session will demonstrate the benefits when organisations invest in institutional preparedness capacities, collaborate closely with the communities at risk on identifying suitable early actions, and engage with national authorities and national meteorological services, civil protection agencies to link early warning and early action with longer term risk-informed humanitarian response and resilience building. The panellists will highlight examples of engaging the local communities on adapting appropriate early warning messages and platforms, and connecting them to  national hydrometeorological agencies’ and other service providers (e.g. tsunami service providers) capacities to issue threat information/alerts  as well as impact-based forecasting information/products. The session will also touch upon strengthening the institutional preparedness through developing and revising contingency plans/standard operating procedures, strategically pre-positioning stocks in high-risk areas, employing effective procurement and logistics management systems and procedures enabling anticipatory action. In addition, the session will discuss the need to be able to access flexible humanitarian ex-ante financing which has been critical to ensure readiness activities and anticipatory action take place prior to the hazard impact. Finally, the session will identify areas where collaboration is needed among  warning centres, civil protection agencies, humanitarian and development agencies, climate and academic sectors. 



Expected outcomes


  • Demonstrate how early action save lives and support livelihoods of the most vulnerable communities 

  • Demonstrate how anticipatory action is enabled through investment in overall institutional preparedness  

  • Demonstrate the need to continuously learn from, engage with, and empower communities and local actors in decision-making processes to enhance preparedness, early action and early response 

  • Demonstrate the importance of linking hydrometeorological scientists with humanitarian practitioners to enable an effective link between early warning and early action. 

  • Build an understanding of the different types of early actions for different hazards, across sectors and different organizations and the value of having early action protocols (or plans) in place with pre-agreed financing.  


Learn more

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.

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24 May 2022
10:30 - 12:00 (Bali UTC+8)


Nusantara Ballroom
BICC First Floor

Online access

Remote participation available to those registered for the conference


Open to those registered for the conference


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

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