Eighth Meeting of HELP

Tuesday, 1 November 2016,
Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia

The Eighth Meeting of the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) was held on 1st November 2016 at the Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia. Ministry of Public Works and Housing was the host of the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Han, Seung-soo, Chair of HELP. It was attended by about 70 participants from HELP member organizations representing national governments, international organizations, civil society and private sector.

9:30 Opening

  • Opening Remarks by Dr. Han, Seung-soo, Chair of HELP, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water
  • Welcome remarks by H.E. Dr. Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Public Works and Housing, Republic of Indonesia
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of New Members
  • Remarks by H.E. Dr. Aung Thu, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
  • Remarks by H.E. Dr. Masafumi Mori, Vice-Minister for Engineering Affairs, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan
  • Remarks by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of UNESCAP
  • Remarks by Dr. Bambang Susantono, Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank


10:15 Investment and Financing for Water-related Disasters


11:30 Break

11:45 Action Plan of HLPW, Global Water Architecture, and HELP Action Strategy -position and action of HELP in global process-

  • Briefing on the HLPW Action Plan
  • Briefing on the recent progress with regards to the proposal for the international decade on water, and recent discussions concerning the global water architecture
  • HELP’s Contribution to HLPW and Ideas and Skelton of HELP’s Action Strategy


13:00 Lunch

14:30 Current Status of Regional Actions


15:20 Break

15:30 Drought and Climate Change

  • Presentation on HELP’s Second Flagship Document – Special Edition of Water Policy on Drought – by Mr. James Dalton, Director of Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Briefing on COP22 Side Event on Addressing Mega Drought


16:00 Report from Habitat 3


16:20 Advancing Technology and Scientific Knowledge on Water and Disasters

  • Report from IFI Side Event


16:50 Other Matters

16:55 Wrap-up

17:00 Closing of HELP meeting

19:00 Dinner hosted by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing


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