Climate , Thematic Process
Water related disasters account for 90% of all disasters in terms of number of people affected. Water-related disaster risks will increase with the current trend of rapid population growth, urbanization and climate change, and could be a major obstacle in achieving our common aspirations for eradicating poverty, promoting inclusive economic growth, preserving the environment, and ultimately, moving towards sustainability. Recent global agreements including the Sendai Framework, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and COP21 Paris Agreement, all call for addressing water-related extreme events in more concrete and integrated manner. By bringing together top level political leaders and high-level participants from governments and organizations around the world, together with experts and scientists in the field of water and disasters, this session aims to translate the global agreements into political commitments and concrete actions with a special focus on topics such as boosting financing and investments for water-related disaster risk reduction, and promotion of science and technology.
Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water
High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP)