Eleventh Meeting of HELP

May 3, 2018,
World Meteorological Organization, Geneva

The Eleventh Meeting of the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) was held on May 3, 2018 at World Meteorological Organization, Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Han, Seung-soo, Chair of HELP. It was attended by about 40 participants from HELP member organizations representing national governments, international organizations, civil society and private sector.

09:00 – 10:50  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 Mrs. Elena Manaenkova, Deputy Secretary-General, WMO
• Welcome Remarks by Ms. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR
• Special invited speech by H.E. Ms. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, former President of Mauritius and former Co-Chair of HLPW
• Remarks by H. E. Dr. Masafumi Mori, Vice-Minister for Engineering Affairs, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan
• Remarks by Hon. Eng Alier Bullen Ngong Oka, Undersecretary of Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of South Sudan on behalf of AMCOW
• Remarks by Dr. Benedito Braga, President, World Water Council
• Remarks by Dr. Danis Sumadilaga, Director General of Research and Development Agency to make remarks on behalf of Dr. Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Public Works and Housing, Republic of Indonesia

10: 50-11:10  Presentation by OECD and ADB
• Presentation 1 by Mr. Stephane Jacobzone, Counsellor, Public Governance of OECD
• Video presentation 2 by Prof. Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

11:10-11:25  Break and Photo Session

11:25-12:45  Plenary Discussion
• Report on the outcomes of the 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Summit
• Report on the outcomes of the 8th World Water Forum
• Report on the outcomes of the HLPW and the way forward
• Discussion on implementing HELP Flagship Initiatives by making use of a momentum created by HLPW
• Next Steps to promote actions on water and disasters

12:45-14:00  Lunch

14:00-16:00 Breakout Sessions

14:00-15:00 Breakout Sessions I
Breakout Session 1: Financing and Investing in Water and Disasters,
Chair: H. E. Dr. Masafumi Mori, MLIT, Japan (Moderator: Mr. Okada, MLIT, Japan)
Breakout Session 2: Flagship Documents of HELP and HELP Review and Recommend Initiative,
Chair and Moderator: Dr. Jerome Delli Priscoli, GWP Technical Committee

15:00-16:00 Breakout Sessions II
Breakout Session 3: HELP Action on Climate Change Process,
Chair and Moderator: Mr. Niels Vlaanderen, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Kingdom of the Netherlands
Breakout Session 4: Research/University Alliance on Water and Disasters,
Co- Chairs: Prof. Toshio Koike, ICHARM and Dr. Gretchen Kalonji, Sichuan University

16:00-16:15 Break

16:15-17:00 Plenary Discussions
• Report by Breakout Session Chairs
• Discussion about the outcome of the breakout sessions

17:00-17:25 Other Matters

17:25-17:30 Wrap-Up and Closing
• Closing Remarks by Dr. Han Seung-soo


Together with the 11th HELP meeting, the workshop“Implementing DRR Recommendation of HLPW Outcome Document” was held on 4th May.
31 participants from HELP member organizations, representing national governments, international organizations, academia, civil society and private sectors and 14 participants from 13 Permanent Missions to the United Nations in Geneva attended the workshop.