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High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy Convenes
The High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HLMNDP), organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), among other partners, is taking place from 11-15 March 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. The HLMNDP brings together world leaders, government decision makers, development agencies, and leading scientists and researchers to discuss drought preparedness and management policies.
The HLMNDP, which opened Monday 11 March, is meant to encourage and help countries move from crisis management to disaster risk reduction. The opening session of the event was chaired by Nicholas Goche, Minister of Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development, Zimbabwe and Chair of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET), with remarks from high-level officials including: Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, WMO; Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, UNCCD; and José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO.