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  • HELP launched the Principles to address Water-related DRR under the COVID-19 Pandemic and translated the document into different languages.

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  • The International Online Conference to Address Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) under the COVID-19 Pandemic was held on August 20th, 2020.

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  • The 15th Meeting of the High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) was held virtually on May 29th, 2020

    Fifteenth Meeting of HELP

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.