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"Water and Disaster" Action
Posted by Dr. Ali Chavoshian
The UNSGAB High-Level Expert Panel on Water and Disaster (UNSGAB/HLEP) was convened at the
request of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) in 2007, under the
Presidency of H.E. Dr. Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea. It aims to bring life and a sense
of urgency to the agreement reached at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in 2005, the Hyogo Framework
for Action (2005-2015). The panel states that it stands ready to monitor the cited governments and institutions
and to report their progress to the international community.
The Expert Panel members subsequently found themselves united in their sincere wish to
build a safer world and, as a result of serious and devoted effort, created an Action Plan for preventing,
preparing for, and managing water-related disasters. The "Water and Disaster" Action Plan was presented in March of 2009 at the 5th World Water Forum in
This report presents a comprehensive
action plan designed to minimize the loss of life and destruction brought on by increasing numbers of water-related
disasters worldwide (such as floods, droughts, tidal waves, storm surges, etc.) and also to minimize loss of life
in post disaster/conflict conditions.
Please click the following image to see the list of the actions. (PDF, 1.5
What are the IFI commitments in the "Water and Disaster" Action
The "Water and Disaster"
report listed 40 actions in its Annex 1 (PDF, 184 KB). The IFI is
committed for two actions of the list as follow:
1- National government to promptly develop people-centered warning systems, comprehensive flood
risk maps and assessments linked to communication systems such as cell phone networks. These systems to
include observation and warning for flash floods. The panel requests WMO and UNESCO (via
International Flood Initiative) to assist governments in undertaking the proposed
actions and invite international financial institutions to support the fulfillment of the proposed actions.
(Item No. 2 in Annex 1: List of Actions)
2- International Flood Initiative and international hydrological and
hydraulic institutes to examine the efficiency and effectiveness of disaster prevention measures and develop
disaster preparedness indices for implementation by local authorities. (Item No. 30 in Annex 1: List of Actions)