Seventh Meeting of the High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP)
The seventh meeting of HELP took place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on May 11th, during the 4th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, held from May 10th to 13th. Discussions were focused mainly on the High-level Panel on Water and the international water architecture, investment and financing for water-related disaster prevention, and droughts and climate change. A high-level dialogue also took place, attended by ministers participating in the Delta Coalition.
At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. David Korenfeld Federman, Sherpa to the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) of Mexico, and H.E. Dr. Basuki Halimuljono, Minister of Public Works and Housing of Indonesia, were approved as new members of HELP.
Following this, the High Level Dialogue began with a welcome address by H.E. Ms. Melanie Schultz van Haegen, minister of Infrastructure and the Environment for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Speeches were given by Mr. Robert Glasser, special representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction representing at UN; Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and H.E. Dr. Koji Ikeuchi, vice minister for Engineering Affairs of MLIT, Japan.
At the following HELP meeting, Dr. Kenzo Hiroki, and Dr. David Korenfeld Federman who serve as Sherpa to HLPW, described the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) and the international water architecture to the participants.
Regarding investment and financing for water-related disasters, representatives of the OECD and Lloyd’s of London made speeches about investment in disaster risk management as well as the concept of disaster insurance schemes. On the subject of droughts and climate change, there was an announcement on the progress and future schedule of the special edition of the Water Policy Journal, the second flagship document for HELP. In addressing HELP’s contribution to Habitat III, a representative from the Netherlands announced that the document on water and cities would be the final edition.
In addition, the venue for the 8th HELP meeting was announced and Mr. Toshio Koike, director of ICHARM, referred to the side events to be held in parallel with the meeting.
Finally, H.E. Ms. Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Chair of the meeting, summarized the discussion and closed the proceedings.
The JWF will continue to support HELP’s activities and make policy recommendations to the related organizations.
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