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Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning

Policy arena

Policy arena

Why the policy arena is important
Early warning is still too often seen in terms of hazard forecasting, and is not fully recognised as an essential element of vulnerability reduction, poverty reduction and sustainable development agendas. An important activity for the platform will be to promote the role of early warning in key development forums, particularly in UN General Assembly reporting, in the small island developing states (SIDS) debate, in international water related initiatives, and in climate change adaptation policy.

The Third International Conference on Early Warning
The conference was hosted by German Government with the slogan “From concept to action”. It was structured in an innovative way which combines the practical demonstration of proposed early warning projects around the world with discussions and debates of key policy issues. During the Priorities and Projects Forum, good practices in early warning were presented and discussed. The key notes addressed the global and national early warning system, raised the question of distribution of early warnings and response, and called for early warning for early action to effectively mobilize the international community.

The outcome products of the Third International Conference on Early Warning are intended to serve as a reference for practitioners and for future work on early warning, including the work of the ISDR Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning (PPEW).

  • Developing Early Warning Systems: A Key Checklist
    The checklist was developed to help governments and communities implement effective early warning systems. It is designed to be a simple list of key elements and actions that national governments or community organisations can refer to when developing new early warning systems, evaluating existing arrangements or simply checking that crucial procedures are in place. It is not intended to be a comprehensive design manual, but rather a practical, non-technical reference tool to ensure that the major elements of a good early warning system are in place.
  • Compendium of Early Warning Projects
    The Compendium contains over one hundred individual projects focused on early warning and represents a rich vein of initiatives, expertise and capacity to secure early warning systems. The distribution of the compendium helps to promote interest in new early warning projects and to encourage donor incentives for funding purposes
World Conference on Disaster Reduction
PPEW has assisted in coordinating the sessions for the January 2005 World Conference on Disaster Reduction concerning the Thematic Segment Cluster 2 "Risk identification, monitoring and assessment and early warning". In addition, PPEW will be coordinating a session within this cluster to report and elaborate on the conclusions and recommendations of the Second International Conference on Early Warning.
Meetings and presentations
ISDR and PPEW staff participate in many meetings concerned with disasters and early warning and make presentations directed at bringing early warning messages to key audiences. See list of meetings.

Policy briefings prepared for EWC-II
A number of policy-related documents were prepared by the ISDR Secretariat in 2002 in preparation for the Second International Conference on Early Warning.

Timeline of developments of relevance to the Early Warning Conference II (EWC-II)
The Millennium Development Goals and Disaster Reduction as relevant to the Early Warning Conference II (EWC-II)
Excerpts related to early warning from the text of the "Un-edited Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable development", as it was presented 2 September 2002 at WSSD in Johannesburg and approved by the Summit
Reports, Processes and Documents Providing Recommendations for the Enhancement of Early Warning Systems
at International, Regional, National and Sub-National Levels