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Anticipatory Action @ HUMANITARIAN NETWORKS AND PARTNERSHIPS WEEK 2022

Anticipatory Action: Reducing impacts of climate change and conflict through innovative collaboration

When:

11 May 2022

Where:

Time:

14:00

This session spotlights evidence-based approaches and highlights best and emerging practices of anticipatory action for climate-related hazards, while also discussing methods and examples to ensure anticipatory action is relevant for livelihood protection in conflict and fragile settings. The event will bring in perspectives from decision-makers and practitioners across multiple regions.

Global humanitarian needs are at an all-time high and continue to grow. Crises are caused by multiple, often interrelated drivers, including natural hazards and conflict, among others. According to the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO), launched in December 2021, 274 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2022 - a significant increase from the 235 million people in 2021, noted as the highest figure seen in decades.

Rather than reacting to shocks and responding to the surge of humanitarian needs, the international community must work to harness and leverage its ability to predict both the shock (e.g., drought, flood, disease) and the humanitarian impact (e.g., food insecurity, loss of livelihoods, protection concerns) in increasingly complex and conflict-affected settings. This precision facilitates anticipatory action: maximising expertise and resources to protect diverse livelihood groups ahead of forecast shocks, thus preventing future humanitarian needs.

OBJECTIVES OF THE SESSION
Outcome 1: Provide an overview of partnerships and current initiatives to anticipate climate-induced crises and humanitarian shocks, including setting-up country-level systems but also the groundwork that has been pursued at both regional and global levels.

Outcome 2: Recognition that anticipatory actions are critical to mitigate climate risks and their increasing importance in complex and conflict-affected settings, and the need to innovate for mitigating compounding drivers of humanitarian needs.

 



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