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Welcome to the website of the Third International Conference on Early Warning (EWC III)

What´s New

Relevant documents:

  • The Conclusions of the Third International Conference on Early Warning

  • Compendium for Early Warning Projects
    The Compendium contains over one hundred individual project proposals which were sent in as a result of a call for project proposals and the project-oriented approach chosen for the EWC III.

  • Checklist for Developing Early Warning Systems
    The discussion draft of the checklist was revised with comments from the Third International Conference on Early Warning.
    During 2006 the Checklist will be translated into a wide range of languages and distributed throughout the world as a key tool to help facilitate the development of people-centred early warning systems that will save both lives and livelihoods.
    The document is available electronically at:

  • Global Survey of Early Warning Systems
    An assessment of capacities, gaps and opportunities toward building a comprehensive global early warning system for all natural hazards 

Monday 27 March

President William J. Clinton and Frank-Walter Steinmeier
(Photo: A. Grimm, Agentur Reuters)


  • Welcome address
    by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany (English - French - Spanish - German)

  • Opening address
    Mr Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Chair of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)

  • Keynote Address by Ms Katherine Sierra, World Bank, Vice-President Infrastructure  


UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery President W.J. Clinton addresses the Plenary of the Third International Conference on Early Warning on Monday 27  March 2006
(text of speech click here)
(Photo: H. J.Knippertz)

Thursday 28 March

“Early Warning Prize”

Maliu Takai and Thomas Loster
(DKKV, Photo: M. Malsch)

The first ever Munich Re Foundation “Early Warning Prize” was awarded to the project “An Early Warning Communications System for the Kingdom of Tonga”

Mr Maliu Takai, Deputy Director of the National Disaster Management Office, Kingdom of Tonga, receives the award from Mr Loster, Chaiman of the Munich Re Foundation

Wednesday 29 March

Final Statement
, Mr Hans-Joachim Daerr, Director General of Global Affairs, Federal Foreign Office, Germany (English / German)

Final Remarks, Mr Salvano Briceño, Director, UN/ISDR

Press Release