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.
A major report launched by the United Nations this week highlights the critical role E-governance plays in building inclusive, resilient societies in anticipation and response to the impact of disasters.
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.
The new Typhoon Committee Strategic Plan 2017-2021 was adopted at the 49th session of the ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee in Yokohama, Japan in February 2017.
On 31 March 2017, a side event of the TWG-DR3 of the RCM was held with the topic: Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction for Poverty Reduction in Asia-Pacific.