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SIDS4 Conference Side Event: Strengthening Global Partnerships for Early Warning Systems

Organizer(s) Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism (SEM) Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction
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14:00 - 15:30 AST


  • Raise Awareness: Enable the participants to understand what early warning systems are and the role they play in accelerating climate action. 
  • Facilitate collaboration: Provide a platform for the participants from diverse sectors and backgrounds to exchange ideas, share best practices, and explore innovative early warning solutions for addressing climate change. 
  • Advocate for policy action: Strengthen the development and structuring of financing policies for ambitious climate action at local, national, and international levels to be inclusive, transparent, and responsive to the needs and aspirations of innovators.


Small Island Developing States (SIDS) tropical climate supports diverse ecosystems and biodiversity, which provide important ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, coastal protection, and sustainable livelihoods for local communities. However, SIDS face a range of interconnected climate change-induced challenges that threaten their environmental sustainability, economic development, and social well-being. SIDS are often vulnerable to sea level rise, which threatens coastal communities, infrastructure, and freshwater resources. Extreme weather events such as hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons cause widespread devastation that erodes decades of development efforts. Addressing these challenges requires coordinated action at the local, national, and international levels to mitigate the negative impact to achieve resilient prosperity. 

Leveraging data and digital technologies and building effective institutions for a resilient future in SIDS can be actualised through climatic innovation. The relatively close-knit nature of SIDS can accelerate the implementation of innovative climate adaptation and mitigation strategies more effectively. Leveraging local knowledge and resources to enhance the states' collective action in the development of early warning systems supports resilience to climate change and promotes sustainable development pathways that benefit both present and future generations.


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