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WMO Activities at the
Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Redution

Geneva Switzerland, 8 - 13 May 2011

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 189 Members. WMO contributed significantly to the planning of the Third Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction taking place 8-13 May in Geneva.

Under the theme "Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow: Increase investments in local action", the forum will gather more than 2500 High-level officials and experts from governments, NGOs, international organisations, civil society and the private sector. It is organised by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN-ISDR).

Throughout the Global Platform, senior WMO experts will take part in plenaries, round tables and events.

WMO Secretary General, Mr. Michel Jarraud, will deliver a keynote speech during the Plenary on Climate Change Adapatation and Disaster Risk Reduction.

More details and background documents are available in the table below.

For more information on the Global Platform, please check the following website: www.preventionweb.net/globalplatform/2011/


Title of the Event Link

Plenary: Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, 12 May, 09:00 –10:30

Description of the event

Featured Climate Event: Operational Climate Services for Managing Socio-Economic Risks Linked to the Changing Climate, 12 May, 13:00 - 14:30

Description of the event

Report of the event

Presentation 1: The role of meteorological services in adressing the public health impacts of climate change Lucien Manga Program Manager for Public Heath and Environnement WHO Regional Office for Africa

Presentation 2: Impact of climate change in Bolivia, Lic Harley Rodriguez, Vice minister of Public Investment, Ministry of Development Planning, Plurinational State of Bolivia

Presentation 3: The global framework for climate services, Mr. Jan Egeland Co-Chair of High-Level Taskforce for the Global Framework for Climate Services







Side Event: Integrated Drought Risk Management, 10 May, 12:15 - 13:15

Description of the event

Side Event: Saving of Lives and Improved Coastal Risk Management through Regional Cooperation in Ocean and Marine Related Early Warning Systems in Asia, 10 May, 13:15 - 14:15

Description of the event

Report of the event

Presentation 1: Key issues in ocean and marine related Early Warning Systems in Asia, Mr. B.Y. Lee, Hong Kong Observatory

Presentation 2: Great East Japan Earthquake, Mr. Atsushi Koresawa, Asian Disaster Reduction Center

Presentation 3: Mr. Yukio Tamura Chairman, International Group for Wind-Related Disaster Risk Reduction





Side Event: Climate Services, Catastrophe Risk and Capital Markets – How Climate Services are Set to Become Embedded with Insurance Regulation and markets, 11 May, 13:45 - 14:45

Description of the event

Report of the event


WMO Fact Sheets

fs1 PDF- English


60 Years of International and Regional Cooperation in Meteorology


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Advancements in forecasting weather-related hazards have been pivotal in the development of early warning systems leading to saving millions of lives

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Integrated Flood Management and Integrated drought Management

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WMO Disaster Risk Reduction Programme

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

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Some Frequently Asked Questions: The Global Framework for Climate Services - 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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