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WMO Activities at the
Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR IV)

Geneva Switzerland, 19 - 23 May 2013

Disaster Risk reduction is at the core of the mission of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of its 191 Members. WMO contributed significantly to the planning of the fourth Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction taking place 19 - 23 May in Geneva.

Details on the activities of WMO at GPDRR IV are available in the table below.

For more information on the Global Platform, please check the following website: http://www.preventionweb.net/globalplatform/2013/

Statement of the World Meteorological Organization for GPDRR IV

Event / Discription Date/Time Room Number Background
Documents / Links

Consultative Event
Adaptation and DRR: Creating a Coherent Approach to Climate Change
(Organized by the Government of Norway)

Mr Michel Jarraud (WMO Secretary-General): Panelist

20 May

13:15 - 14:45

Room 2
WMO Booth

21 - 23 May

0800 - 1800

Booth #5
GPDRR Floor Plan location

High-Level Dialogue Session: Meeting with heads of States and Ministers (By invitation only)

Mr Michel Jarraud (WMO Secretary-General) is invited as a representative from the UN System

21 May

10:40 – 12:30

Room 5

IGNITE Session:
Project:  “Costa Rica: Building Community Resilience to Floods”
11-minute video will be shown

21 May

11:15 – 11:30


Concept Note

Event Link

WMO Side-Event:
Benefits of Climate Services for Managing Disaster Risk for Sustainable Growth

21 May

13:00 – 13:55


Concept Note Event Link
Event report

Informal Plenary:
Post 2015 Framework
Co-Chairs: Mr Michel Jarraud (WMO Secretary-General), Ms Margareta Wahlstrom (Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction)

21 May

15:00 – 18:00

Room 2
UN Leadership meeting on DRR for Resilence

22 May

0800 - 1000

CCV - C  
Formal Plenary:
Community Resilience: The Foundation of Resilient Nations

3-Minute video on the Costa Rica Early Warning Systems for Hydro-Meteorological Hazards Project will be shown.

22 May

09:00 -11:00

Room 2
Costa Rica Early Warning Systems for Hydro-Meteorological
Hazards Project

Feature Event:
Drought Resilience in a Changing Climate

Chair: Mr Michel Jarraud (WMO Secretary-General)

22 May

11:50 – 12:45

Room 2
Concept Note


WMO Fact Sheets

WMO Disaster Risk Reduction Programme

Building on International and Regional Cooperation in Meteorology for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Managing too much or too little water
Integrated Drought Management
Integrated Flood Management

Early warning systems saves millions of lives

Climate Information for Disaster Risk Reduction

Financial markets drive demand for climate models by Rowan Douglas - WMO Bulletin 60


For any additional information please contact:

Dr Maryam Golnaraghi
Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction
World Meteorological Organization
7bis,avenue de la Paix
Case postale 2300
CH-1211 Geneva 2
Tel: + 41-(0) 22-730-8006
Fax: + 41-(0) 22-730-8128
Email: mgolnaraghi@wmo.int






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