In March 2013, the United Nations Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters and the High Level Panel on Water and Disaster were held at UN Headquarters in New York. Following these Events, Member States and the UN system sought to advocate for national, regional, and local policies and cooperation measures which could reduce disaster risks related to water.
The UN special thematic session on Water and Disasters, on November 18th, in New York, was built on the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), the Conference on Financing for Development, and the SDG Summit, and became a milestone for the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris, Istanbul Humanitarian Summit and Habitat III. It has been a timely opportunity to highlight the issue of “Water and Disasters” in the context of these ongoing international processes and the internationally agreed frameworks. The primary objective of the event was to overarch the issue of Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, as well as other core global issues, which are closely interlinked with each other and are crucial for achievement of sustainable development. It also aimed to send a message to the international community for the purpose of further promotion of necessary actions by respective stakeholders.