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