The High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) has contributed to promoting awareness of the urgency and importance of adaptation to the impacts on water-related disasters caused by climate change and other global changes through discussions, publications and dissemination of position papers. Chairperson of NARBO is one of the members of HELP and has contributed to the discussion based on the experience of Asia and NARBO. As one of the achievements, special edition of “Water Policy” was launched at the 7th World Water Forum in April, 2015 in Korea, and we can see NARBO’s contribution as ‘A tale of three cities: water disaster policy responses in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Metro Manila’. (http://wp.iwaponline.com/content/17/S1)
The 6th meeting of HELP was held at the UN Headquarters, New York on 17 November, 2015 and the attendees discussed HELP future actions to be taken by members such as Water and disasters and cities, and drought issue. In addition, intensive discussions on establishing a global process for regularly discussed Water and Disasters at the UN and development of indicators for the targets relevant to reducing water-related disaster were held.
Result of the discussions was reflected on the discussions at the 2nd UN Special Session on Water and Disasters which was held on 18 November, 2015 through the speakers and panelists of each session.