Summary and Conclusions

There is growing evidence that the frequency and extent of drought has increased as a result of global warming. Crisis management has typically characterized governmental response to drought. This approach has been ineffective, leading to untimely and poorly coordinated responses. Hence, the HMNDP was organized by WMO, UNCCD, and FAO, in collaboration with a number of UN agencies, international and regional organizations, and key national agencies. HMNDP provided practical insight into useful science-based actions to address the key drought issues being considered by governments and the various strategies to cope with drought. The HMNDP declaration, adopted unanimously by the participants in the meeting, encourages all governments around the world to develop and implement national drought management policies, consistent with their national development laws, conditions, capabilities, and objectives.

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