High-level Meeting at Expo 2020 Dubai: Moving from climate crisis response to risk management – space technologies for anticipatory humanitarian action

23 October, 2021
11:00 am to 14:15 pm (UTC +04)
During Expo’s space week in October 2021, the Embassy of Sweden, the European Union, World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) would like to productively explore new frontiers when moving from disaster response to risk management, including earth observation technologies for anticipatory humanitarian action.

A joint high-level event on the topic will take place on Saturday 23 October 2021 at the Swedish Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, titled “Moving from climate crisis to risk management - space technologies for anticipatory humanitarian action”.
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The objectives of the event are to strengthen the awareness of and to promote innovative solutions to systematically anticipate climatic shocks, which will allow for a more effective and dignified humanitarian response. This event will advance this agenda by aiming to:

1. Raise awareness about the rising human and economic cost of increasing climate extremes and shocks, and advocate for the need to take early action and invest in anticipatory financing by focusing on key learnings from anticipatory humanitarian action initiatives undertaken in the Horn of Africa and beyond.

2. Demonstrate the impact of investments into more forward-looking programs that help mitigate and prevent predictable emergencies, encouraging public but also private partners to finance and strengthen programs in humanitarian crisis settings.

3. Discuss the opportunities and challenges of better leveraging the networks and technologies of space based earth observation for risk-informed anticipatory and early humanitarian action. Identify ways to make observation technologies more useful for humanitarians on the ground, overcoming the disconnect between technology/data providers and the humanitarians who can act on the data.

4. Identify opportunities for supporting projects and initiatives to ensure future growth in the earth observation field to address humanitarian needs on the ground. Ultimately, these approaches should be embedded across policies and practice as the norm rather than the exception.

11.00 a.m. – 1.15 p.m. on Saturday 23 October 2021, the Swedish Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

For information about virtual or in-person attendance please email events.abu-dhabi@gov.se stating “AHA event” in the subject field (limited tickets available).

Read the Concept note here.

Download the full Program here.