Sixth Meeting of HELP

17 November 2015,
UN Headquarters, New York, the U.S.A.

The Sixth Meeting of the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) was held on 17 November 2015 at the ECOSOC Chamber of the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. The meeting was attended by about 50 participants from HELP member organizations representing national governments, international organizations, civil society and private sector.

10:00 Opening

  • Opening Remarks by Dr. Han, Seung-soo, Chair of HELP, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water
  • Address by H.E. Ms. Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Vice-Chair of HELP, Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Welcome remarks by H.E. Dr. Koji Ikeuchi, Vice Minister for Engineering Affairs, MLIT, Japan
  • Address by H.E. Hon. Amadou Mansour Faye, President of AMCOW / Minister of Hydraulics and Sanitation, Senegal
  • Address by LTG Thomas Bostick, Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Address by Mr. Bambang Susantono, Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB
  • Other high level participants

10:30 Briefing on This Week’s Events

10:40 Connecting “Climate Change” and “Water and Disasters”

11:40 Break

12:00 “Water-related Disasters” and “Cities”

13:00 Luncheon Side Event hosted by the Netherlands
Venue: Conference Room 11

15:00 Drought Issues

  • Introduction by the Coordinator, Dr. Kenzo Hiroki
  • Keynote Presentation by Mr. Steven Stockton, Director of Civil Works, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Keynote Presentation by Mr. Bai-Mass Taal, Executive Secretary, AMCOW
  • Keynote Presentation by Dr. Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Chair of GWP
  • Discussion moderated by Dr. Jerome Delli Priscoli, US Army Corps of Engineers

16:00 Break

16:20 Global Process, Targets and Indicators

17:20 Other Matters

17:35 Wrap-up

17:40 Closing