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Panel on Preparing for the future in the face of climate change, ECOSOC - Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2019
25 Jun 2019 -  Panel discussion: Preparing for the future in the face of climate change and weather-related disasters: strengthening preparedness and humanitarian response and collaborating to build resilience and address escalating risks and challenges

Climate-and weather-related disasters already exert a heavy toll on communities and this burden is expected to grow. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2018 Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C brings a new sense of urgency for our efforts. If insufficient action is taken, the possibilities to adapt will decline and may trigger displacement, migration and humanitarian needs on an unprecedented scale.The high-level panel will discuss ways for the humanitarian system to better prepare for and respond to escalating climate and disaster risks and the impact of increasingly severe and frequent extreme weather events, and how the system can cope with the increasing strain and demand on its capacities. The discussion will focus on the current and projectedchallenges leading intoto the Climate Action Summit and the need for ambitious and concrete action.

The panel will identify effective strategies and anticipatory approaches and highlight recent lessons and best practices and new approaches in preparedness, early warning and early action, resilient recovery and risk-informed sustainable development, in particular in the most vulnerable communities and countries where the adverse impacts of climate change are already a grim reality.
The panel will investigate ways to ensure the needs and rights of people affected and displaced by disasters and climate change are effectively met and no one is left behind.The discussion will focus on the opportunities for humanitarian actors and partners to work differently and scale up their ambition, outcomes and collaboration to reducing need, risk and vulnerability in the short, medium and long term, through strengthened preparedness, response and resiliencebuildingas well as the use of technology, risk analysis and data, predictive analytics, forecasting and early warning.
The panel will also explore the enabling role of leadership, financing and partnerships.Chair:•H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of Moroccoand Vice-President of ECOSOC
•Ms. Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator

•Mr. Elhadj As Sy, Secretary-General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
•Ms. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
•Ms. Augusta Maita, Director-General, National Institute of Disaster Management, Mozambique
•Ms. Monique Pariat, Director-General, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
•Ms. Adelina Kamal, Executive Director, ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management
•Mr. Ricardo Mena, Chief, Supporting and Monitoring Sendai Framework Implementation Branch, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction