United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a collective global response to drought and a shift from crisis management to drought preparedness and resilience. He said the price for preparedness is minimal compared to the cost of disaster relief.
Mr Ban Ki-Moon Ban said droughts can be mitigated and called for the full implementation of the outcomes of the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy in Geneva in March, which encouraged governments to develop and implement national drought management policies. The high-level meeting was organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and other partners and laid the foundations for practical and proactive national drought policies. It marked the first internationally-coordinated attempt to move towards science-based drought disaster risk reduction and break away from piecemeal and costly crisis-response, which often comes too late to avert death, displacement and destruction.
The U.N. Secretary-General also called for implementation of last year’s agreement at the Rio + 20 Conference on sustainable development to avoid and offset land degradation. He made his call in worldwide observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification on Monday, 17 June, which is supported by WMO