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UN/ISDR: Drought Risk Reduction Networks Discussed at CSD16

7 May 2008: The UN International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) intervened during the discussion of “drought” at the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which convened in New York, US, from 5-16 May 2008. The UN/ISDR delegation highlighted that regional and sub-regional networks that address drought risk reduction exist or are in the process of being formed, although their establishment has not been as successful as desired due to “overlapping political jurisdictions, differences in the types of participants and policy issues in each region, varying degrees of interest among potential regional participants, and different implementation timelines.”

UN/ISDR also emphasized that the Global Drought Risk Reduction Network (GDRRN) will assist in identifying drought risk reduction priorities, coordinating global support initiatives, developing guidance information, and nurturing the development and strengthening of regional networks.

[Statement by ISDR]