"Through the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster in December 2004, the world was reminded of the crucial importance of efficient early warning systems. Early warning and preparedness are the critical elements in preventing natural hazards from turning into disasters", says Salvano Briceño, Director of the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
Guided by the motto 'From Concept to Action', the EWCIII therefore aims to mobilize efforts to implement the recommendations of the preceding conferences (EWCII, WCDR) spelled out in the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015. "The conference's main outcome will be the launch of a range of short- and long-term early warning projects in high priority countries," adds Salvano Briceño.
It is expected that the conference will bring together over 600 representatives of governments, parliaments and international organizations, as well as practitioners and members of the scientific community.
The Conference Secretariat will be located within the ISDR secretariat and supported by its Bonn-based Platform Promotion of Early Warning (PPEW). Detailed information about the content and aims of the EWCIII can be found on the conference website www.ewc3.org.