The conference built on the outcomes of the three International Conferences on Early Warning that were held between 1997 and 2006 (EWC I-III). It also addressed the priorities highlighted in the United Nations Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience which was endorsed by the United Nations Chief Executives Board (CEB) in 2013. It addressed the call for enhancing and strengthening multi-hazard early warning systems in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, specifically for LDC and SIDS.
- highlight strategies and actions to build, promote and strengthen people centered, multi-hazard early warning systems
- provide a good platform for participants from countries not possessing appropriate early warning systems, most of these are LDC and SIDS, to appraise themselves about the latest advances in early warning systems for multi-hazards and the strategies required to implement them in their countries.
- increase capacities of institutions in especially LDC and SIDS and assist in developing new products and services.
- form partnerships between countries/agencies as a consequence of the conference, facilitate the sharing of expertise and good practices on strengthening MHEWS as an integral component of national strategies for disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and building resilience.
- take stock of current early warning systems and their effectiveness together with the related actors, mechanisms, partnerships, projects, publications and gaps.
- Use funds mainly to assist participation from relevant institutions (in particular civil protection agencies, meteorological and hydrological services) in LDC and SIDS countries.