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High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP)

 Towards More Drought Resilient Societies

 11-15 March 2013
Geneva, Switzerland

Given the current concerns with climate change, projected increases in the frequency, intensity, and duration of droughts and resulting impacts on many sectors, in particular food, water, and energy, there is cause for concern regarding the lack of drought preparedness and appropriate drought management policies for virtually all nations. The time is ripe for nations to move forward with the development of a pro-active, risk-based national drought policy.

In order to address the issue of national drought policy, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Congress at its Sixteenth Session held in Geneva from 16 May to
3 June 2011 recommended the organization of a “High Level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP)”.

Accordingly, WMO and the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in collaboration with a number of UN Agencies, International and Regional Organizations and key national agencies, plan to organize a High Level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) from 11 to 15 March 2013.

Preparatory HMNDP Meetings

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