24 May 2022

Launch of the Future Leaders Network on Early Warning Early Action

The Anticipation Hub launched its Future Leaders Network on Early Warning Early Action on the 24th of May at the Multi-hazard Early Warning Conference alongside the Global Platform on DRR happening in Bali this week. The objectives of the network are to connect, inspire and empower future leaders across practice, science and policy, to work collaboratively on promoting the use of climate information at all time scales and early warnings that enable effective early/anticipatory action on the ground.

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The launch took place as part of a high-level reception hosted by the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative, Mami Mizutori (Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Co-Chair of the Global Platform) and Mr. Selwin Hart (the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action) alongside other high-level guests. During the event, the CREWS Annual Report 2021 was launched and the new proposed plan by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres for early warning systems to cover all people within five years was shared.

During the reception newly appointed co-chairs of the Future Leaders Network on Early Warning Early Action, highlighted their aspiration and motivation for developing this network with support from Anticipation Hub partners like CREWS.

Science can only make a difference in reducing the impact of hazards if it informs early action. We therefore need to create more collaborations between science, practice and empower the communities, while early career professionals and researchers can be at the forefront of this change.

Faith Mitheu Doctoral Researcher on Impact-based forecasting/ Forecast-based financing at University of Reading

This network will encourage governments, scientists and practitioners to drop their own ‘flags’ and encourage them to work together with communities to achieve our shared vision - universal access to early warnings that enable early action for all including marginalized and vulnerable groups.

Graziela Ariani Olua weather forecaster, Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), Indonesia

I am convinced that we will only be able to close the early warning capacity gap if the next generation of professionals is fully involved. They bring the knowledge, new perspectives and dynamism needed to, hopefully, see many more people covered by early warning systems in the not too distant future.

John Harding Head of Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Secretariat

Graziela Olua on the Future Leaders Network Initiative

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The event also included a special performance of the Anticipation Dance by the Indonesian Red Cross, Bali branch volunteers. The dynamic and inspiring atmosphere set the stage for the Future Leaders Network to facilitate more interactive and engaging ways to connect, empower and inspire current and future generations of practitioners, volunteers, students and scientists enabling early warning and early action.

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