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International Conference on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems

The International Conference on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (IC-MHEWS) will aim to demonstrate to countries how they can improve the availability of, and their communities' access to, multi-hazard early warning, risk information and assessment.

Despite significant progress in strengthening early warning systems across the world, often by making use of advances in science and technology, unmet needs remain. Disasters are increasing in frequency and severity in most areas, with climate change and variability exacerbating the situation. Many developing countries, in particular least developed countries (LDCs), small island developing states (SIDS), and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) , have not benefited as much as they could have from advances in the science, technology and governance behind early warning systems. Significant gaps remain, especially in reaching the "last mile" - the most remote and vulnerable populations at the community level with timely, understandable and actionable warning information), including lack of capacities to make use of the information. The resulting societal benefits of early warning systems have thus been spread unevenly across regions, countries and communities.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretariat, along with other international and national agencies, established the International Network for Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (IN-MHEWS) as a major outcome of the Session on Early Warning at the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015. This multi-stakeholder partnership will facilitate the sharing of expertise and good practice on strengthening MHEWS as an integral component of national strategies for disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and building resilience. In doing so, it will support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, especially the achievement of its global target on MHEWS, and the United Nations Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience. IC-MHEWS is expected to be one of the first major activities to which IN-MHEWS will contribute.

For further information please download the following concept notes:

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