Strategies for managing disaster risk currently rely on weather forecasts (daily to 10 days) and seasonal predictions (three to six months). Until recently, the subseasonal scale (defined as timescale from two weeks to two months) has been considered a "predictability desert" because it has not been possible to provide accurate predictions for this timescale. As a result, many preparedness activities are held off until short-range weather forecasts indicate that a hazard is imminent and the exact location is known, so that resources are not wasted in the case of a false alarm.
Ocean accounts need to be developed to assess oceans, seas and marine resources and better guide decision and policy making to protect ocean resources and services for future generations.
To implement systems thinking at the country level, this toolkit presents a methodology to quantify how disaster-related Sustainable Development Goals interact as a system in five pilot countries.
At the 73rd Session of ESCAP a side event will take place on 18 May focusing on building resilience to water-related disaster risks and the case for regional cooperation.
Tsunami focal points and service providers of the Indian Ocean have met in April as part of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System.