Latest Announcements
  • “Second UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters” was held on November 18th, 2015 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
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  • Lunch Meeting by Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water(6 October 2015)
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  • “Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction: Time for Preventive action” was held at the World Water Week in Stockholm,2015.(23 August 2015)
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  • “Water Policy”, the Special Issue of Water Policy Journal on Water and Disaters, is now available online and will be officially launched on 14 April at the 7th World Water Forum (10 April 2015)
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  • High Level Panel on Water and Disasters (T.SS.17) will be held on 14 April in Daegu during the 7th World Water Forum (1 April 2015)
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  • HELP’s activities at the 3rd WCDRR in Sendai, Japan (14-18 March 2015)
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High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP)
Water is life. But water is also a threat to life. During the past decade, water-related disasters have not only struck more frequently but have also been more severe, hampering sustainable development by causing political, social, and economic upheaval in many countries. Water-related disasters, such as floods, droughts, storm surges and tsunamis, account for 90% of all disasters in terms of number of people affected.

The issue of “water and disasters” must be addressed if we hope to make sustainable development a reality. We must share our experiences and lessons learned, strengthen regional coordination and collaboration, and set common goals and targets in order to lay a foundation for weathering the water-related disasters to come, and make progress towards creating a better-prepared and resilient society. All these elements should be translated into clear-cut messages and practical advice for decision makers to create effective policies and mechanisms that address water and disaster issues appropriately at all levels.

The High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) was established to assist the international community, governments and stakeholders in mobilizing political will and resources. It will promote actions to raise awareness, ensure coordination and collaboration, establish common goals and targets, monitor progress, and take effective measures aimed at addressing the issues of water and disasters.