MIL-OSI Translation: In Bali, summit on disaster risk reduction ends with call to adopt early warning systems

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Headline: In Bali, disaster risk reduction summit ends with call to adopt early warning systems

More countries need to “think resilience” and urgently adopt and improve early warning systems to reduce the risks associated with a growing number of disasters around the world, a United Nations forum concluded on Friday.

Some 184 countries gathered in Bali, Indonesia, this week to review efforts to protect communities from a growing number of climate hazards and other disasters around the world.

During the 2022 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, only 95 countries reported having multi-hazard early warning systems that notify governments, agencies and the general public of impending disaster, with coverage particularly low in Africa, least developed countries and small island developing countries.

Early warning systems were cited as a key defense against disasters such as floods, droughts and volcanic eruptions, in the recent Global Assessment Report, which predicts 560 disasters, or 1.5 per day, d by 2030 based on the current trajectory.

Include communities most at risk

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for warning systems to cover every person on the planet within five years.

“Early warning systems should include communities most at risk with adequate institutional, financial and human capacity to act on early warnings,” said the summit co-chairs’ summary, known as the Bali Agenda. for resilience.

“A core recommendation is to apply a ‘Think Resilient’ approach to all investments and decision-making, integrating disaster risk reduction across government and across society,” added the summary.

The Bali Agenda for Resilience precedes the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022, October 13, devoted to early warning systems, and was presented at the end of the three-day global platform organized by the Indonesian government.

The meeting, which was the first UN international forum on disasters since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, was also taking place as the mid-term review of the UN’s Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction disaster began.

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The seventh session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in Bali, Indonesia.

Reassess how risk is governed

In light of the pandemic, the Bali Agenda highlighted the need to reassess how risk is governed and policy is designed as well as the types of institutional arrangements that need to be put in place at global, regional and international levels. national.

“Current approaches to recovery and reconstruction are not effective enough to protect development gains or to build back better, greener and more equitably,” the summary states. “The transformative lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic must be applied before the window of opportunity closes.”

Delegates also shared progress since the last global platform in 2019, with a 33% increase in the number of countries now developing disaster risk reduction strategies and reporting through the Sendai Framework Monitor ( Sendai Framework Monitor), which measures progress towards global goals.

“While there has been progress, such as in the development of new financing mechanisms and better links to climate action, the data still indicate insufficient investment and progress in disaster risk reduction in most countries, especially investment in prevention,” said the Bali Agenda for Resilience. “Less than half of countries (…) report having adequate, accessible and actionable disaster risk information”.

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