High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy +10

Integrating Practice and Knowledge for Drought Resilience



 In 2013, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with a number of UN agencies, international and regional organizations and key national agencies organized the High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) in Geneva from 11 to 15 March 2013. The theme of the HMNDP was “Reducing Societal Vulnerability – Helping Society (Communities and Sectors).” For more information please visit the WMO HMNDP web page.

Now in 2023, 10 years later, many drought management initiatives and partnerships have been created based on the 2013 conference. Significant progress has been made worldwide with shifting from a reactive, crisis oriented, to a proactive, forward-looking approach to integrated drought management. However, we are seeing that, overall, drought risk is increasing in the world. Drought events are becoming more frequent and intense, vulnerable populations and ecosystems are underrepresented in management decisions, and often political attention and finance are lagging behind what would be needed to increase drought resilience globally.

The Drought Resilience +10 conference, which will be held from 30 September to 3 October 2024 in Barcelona-Spain, is going to bring countries together to review progress and lessons learnt, and to explore and define a joint way forward towards a drought-resilient world. 

How are we preparing for this milestone conference? Please check out our Roadmapo Drought Resilience +10 below!

For more information, write us at: DroughtResilience@wmo.int 


International Organizing Committee of the Drought Resilience +10 conference

Resources for IOC members

Concept Note on Organizing Drought Resilience +10
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Terms of Reference and composition of the IOC
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Roadmap to Drought Resilience +10

March 11-15
High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy 2013

The High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) 

Date: 11-15 March, 2013

Place:  Geneva, Switzerland 

High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) | World Meteorological Organization (wmo.int)

May 11
UNCCD COP-15 Drought Day

Session: Towards a High-level Meeting on Drought 2023 (HMNDP 2013+10)

Date: 11 May 2022

Place: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire


August 31
SIWI World Water Week

Session: Co-implementing Integrated Drought Management: The next decade

Date: 31 August 2022

Place: Stockholm, Sweden



February 7-10
International Forum on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG)

Consultation meeting on national drought policy and action

Date: February 2023

Place: Cabo Verde

March 22 - 24
UN 2023 Water Conference

Date: 22-24 March 2023

Place: New York, USA


April - July
Regional workshops and consultations on national drought policy Africa / Central and South America / Europe and Asia

Date: April - July 2023

Place: Zambia, Colombia, Türkiye

August 2023
SIWI World Water Week

Session: Cooperation for Drought Resilience-Integrating Practice and Knowledge

Date: 20 August, 2023

Place:  Stockholm, Sweden+

Session recording

Presentation: Cooperation for Drought Resilience - Integrating Practice and Knowledge


High Level Meeting on National Drought Policy 2024 – Knowledge, Policy, Action

Date: 30 September - 03 October,  2024

Place: Barcelona, Spain

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