Expected outcomes

The Conference will build on the knowledge gained in three previous international Early Warning Conferences (EWC I-III) in 1998, 2003 and 2006. The Conference outcomes will highlight strategies and actions to promote and strengthen MHEWSs, and focus on how to address gaps in the dissemination of warnings and in the quality of the information provided to those at risk through capacity development, operational support and improved coordination and governance. It will also highlight the importance of strengthening existing efforts for early warning systems for individual and cluster hazards.

One aim will be to define an approach for establishing national baselines on early warning systems for use by government agencies to report on advances in early warning efforts on a periodic basis as contemplated in the Sendai Framework. To achieve this goal, the Conference will take stock of current levels of development of single and multi-hazard early warning systems, including their effectiveness, related actors and partnerships, and coordination mechanisms.

The Conference will serve as a platform for participating government representative to appraise the latest advances and the strategies for implementing MHEWSs in order to establish or improve their own. It will present innovative project proposals and the latest advancements in MHEWS science and technology.