7th - 9th
December 2021
Global Dialogue Platform

A mix of high-level panel discussions, smaller thematic presentations and interactive sessions will give you the opportunity to learn more about anticipatory action, including its opportunities and challenges, and to enquire about specific regions and topics that interest you personally. 

Virtual Edition


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Welcome & explanation of online platform

Moderators of the day, Rome Studio:
- Jesse Mason, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Global Coordinator Anticipatory Actions
- Niccolo Lombardi, Food and Agriculture Orgainzation of the United Nations (FAO), Team Leader Anticipatory Action
- Kara Siahaan, German Red Cross (GRC), Head of the Anticipation Hub

Studio Johannesburg:
- Quraishia Merzouk,  FAO, Early Warning- Anticipatory Action Specialist
- Siphokazi Moloinyane , FAO, Early Warning Anticipatory Action Support Officer
- Anna Lena Huhn, WFP, Regional FbF Advisor Southern Africa
- Jurg Wilbrink, IFRC, DRR & FbF Advisor

Opening session

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Join us as we kick off the 9th Global Dialogue Platform on Anticipatory Humanitarian Action!

Meeting the challenges of the future, enhancing anticipatory action approaches, and creating sustainable synergies are the themes covered in this year’s Global Dialogue Platform. In the three-day event, we will be building on the iterative learning from the crises facing us today and the successes of ongoing collaborations throughout the anticipatory action network for a shock-proof future.
What is the vision for anticipatory action in 2022? How can we capitalize on the opportunities for sustained progress in the field? Our high-level panellists will be sharing these forward-looking reflections in this panel discussion. This will be a space to celebrate what is working and propose innovative ways to jointly address challenges in order to help accelerate anticipatory actions. We also tour the world and look at the takeaways from this year’s regional dialogue platforms. Let’s take a moment to reflect on what these regional perspectives mean for anticipatory action efforts on a global level.

Opening Speeches: 
- Qu Dongyu, Food and Agriculture Orgainzation of the United Nations (FAO), Director-General
- Valerie Guarnieri, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Assistant Executive Director
- Christof Johnen, German Red Cross, Director of International Cooperation
- Susanne Fries-Gaier, German Federal Foreign Office, Director for Humanitarian Assistance
- Nena Stoiljkovic, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Under-Secretary General for Global Relationships (IFRC)

Panel discussion:
- Emily Montier, Start Network, Head of Crisis Anticipation and Risk Financing
- Brian Lander, World Food Programme, Deputy Director Emergencies Operations
- Dr. Maarten Van Aalst - Director, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
- Heli Uusikyla, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Director for Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilization
- Rein Paulsen, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Director, Office of Emergencies and Resilience, 


Looking back: 2021 in cartoons

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Delights and distresses of 2021 - a short interactive reflection on the past year.

This session will invite participants to share delights and distress of 2021 and view the year in cartoons.

- Irene Amuron, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Manager, Anticipatory Action
- Bettina Kölle, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Senior Learning Specialist 

Keynote speech - Debunking the myth: Why do we need to challenge our assumptions about anticipation, food security, and climate change?

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Erin Coughlan de Perez - Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Senior Technical Adviser & Tufts University, Associate Professor
Selma Lendelvo, University of Namibia, Dr. and Director, Centre for Grants Management and Resource Mobilisation

Anticipatory Action - an accelerator for climate action?

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Strategic, policy, and operational perspectives on how to ensure anticipatory action is an integral part supporting the climate adaptation agenda.

Increasing the scale and capacities for Anticipatory Action has potential to support countries to operationalize the Paris Agreement and to catalyse climate action. The recently concluded COP26 emphasized that anticipating climate-related hazards to mitigate their impacts clearly contributes to climate change adaptation goals. Strong collaboration among humanitarian anticipatory action and climate actors and programmes is imperative to achieve common goals and outcomes on the ground. This session brings together stakeholders to drive the conversation on coordination between climate action, disaster risk management and anticipatory action. We begin with a thought-provoking ignite speech and build on that via panel discussions.

- Dirk-Jan Omtzigt, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Chief Economist, Head of Humanitarian Financing Strategy and Analysis Unit
- Lucy Mtilatila. Deputy Director, Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services. Malawi
- Deo Gabinete, NDC Partnership, Regional Manager Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe
- Toni-Shae Freckleton, Head of UNDRR NY Liaison Office
- Ben Webster, Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP), Head of Secretariat

Let's MINGLE in !

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Are you looking for your anticipatory action match?

Join us in to spontaneously connect and mingle with Anticipation Hub partners who are stimulating innovation and exchange across a range of thematic areas on anticipatory action: conflict, earth observation, risk financing, protection & gender, MEAL and more.

During this interactive session in GatherTown, you will have the opportunity to interact with the anticipatory action community in a fun, friendly and informal atmosphere. Based on different thematic topics, participants can mingle their way around the virtual room and ‘bump into’ individuals to ask those questions you always wanted to. Get ready to be inspired!

Kara Siahaan, German Red Cross (GRC), Head of the Anticipation Hub
Lydia Cumiskey, Anticipation Hub, Partnership’s advisor

Raymond Zingg, IFRC Asia-Pacific Regional Office, Regional FbF Coordinator

Shanna McClain
, NASA, Global Partnerships Manager, Risk Reduction Resilience Advisor,
Catalina Jaime, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Climate and Conflict Manager
Daniel Stadtmueller, InsuResilience Secretariat, Senior Policy Advisor
Audrey Oettli, IFRC – Child Protection Area of Responsibility, Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
Susan Njambi-Szlapka, Start Network, Research and Learning Advisor


How can proactive and integrated early approaches help prevent food crises?

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AA approaches, disaster risk financing and insurance tools, and adaptive social protection systems must be used jointly to stem the tide of rising vulnerabilities and prevent food crises. 

Today, at least 155 million people are suffering from acute hunger, with 45 million on the brink of starvation. If anything is certain looking ahead, it is that we can neither wait for, nor rely on, emission reductions to curb humanitarian needs. What’s in stock beyond 1.5 degrees of warming is a new era characterized by more compound, cascading and protracted climate emergencies. Advances in technology and data collection are improving our ability to provide life-saving support before, during and after climate shocks, and pushing policymakers and practitioners to get ahead of the crisis curve. Despite these efforts, financing for adaptation and resilience building is still not targeted enough, not integrated enough, and certainly not fast enough. In this session, we explore how Anticipatory Action approaches, disaster risk financing and insurance tools, and adaptive social protection systems can be used jointly to stem the tide of rising vulnerabilities and prevent food crises. 

- Rebecca Richards, Global Network against Food Crises (GNFC), Chief, Policy and Programme, WFP
- Chiara Mellucci, Prevention and Preparedness in Humanitarian Aid, ECHO, Team Leader 
- Daniel Stadtmüller - InsuResilience Team Lead and Senior Policy Advisor
- Cecilia Costella - Social Protection and Climate Specialist Independent Consultant | University of Twente | Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
- Mr. Wolde Wesa - Deputy County Secretary - County Government of Marsabit, Kenya
- Mr. Ahmed Amdihum, Programme coordinator, Disaster Risk management, IGAD climate prediction and Applications Centre - ICPAC