Disaster risk reduction is at the core of the mission of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs,). as over 90% of disasters are linked to weather, climate- and water-related hazards. Climate change is expected to lead to an increase in the intensity and frequency of some of these hazards. WMO is therefore an active participant in the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction 19 to 23 May 2013.
About 4,600 representatives from governments, civil society and the private sector are expected to attend the Global Platform “Invest Today for a safer tomorrow: Resilient People Resilient Planet.” The event is organized by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction. Discussions will focus on a follow-up action plan to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015, which is a global initiative to make the world safer from natural hazards.
Investment in meteorological and hydrological services is a key part of disaster risk reduction, according to a WMO statement submitted to the Global Platform. With a major Disaster Risk Reduction Programe, underpinned by the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), WMO works to strengthen weather, climate, and hydrological services to support risk analysis, early warning systems, sectoral planning and risk financing.