8th - 10th
December 2020
Global Dialogue

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Virtual Edition


We are very happy to see you (again), let us welcome you, introduce you to the platform and show you how it works.


Opening session

Building on last year’s focus on scaling up, the iterative learning from the current crises and the successes of ongoing collaboration throughout the anticipatory action network, the themes of this year’s Global Dialogue Platform directly look at expanding the application of anticipatory action to cover more types of shocks and address compounding risks through the “Four Cs” of Climate, COVID-19, Conflict and Collaboration.

To open this year's Dialogue Platform, we look forward to hearing from the following partners:

- Pit Köhler, German Federal Foreign Office, Head of Division for Humanitarian Assistance – Policy, International Organisations, Multilateral Coordination
- Jagan Chapagain, IFRC, Secretary General
- Marc Lowcock, UN OCHA, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
- Christof Johnen, German Red Cross, Head of International Cooperation
- Aisha Jamshed, START Network/Welthungerhilfe, Country Director Pakistan
- Maria Helena Semedo, FAO, Deputy Director General
- Natalia Kanem, UNFPA, Executive Director

The year 2020 in cartoons

Let's look back at 2020 and what it meant for anticipatory action through a new lense.


Chance encounters and new connections

This session will create the opportunity to meet fellow participants, re-kindle old connections and make new ones! Join us for an interactive and fun session that nearly feels like a conference coffee break.




Simon Cauchemez. Directeur de recherche. Institut Pasteur - Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases Unit


Dealing with a crisis within a crisis: Anticipatory action in the age of Covid-19

Like the rest of the world, anticipatory action faced a new and dominant hazard in Covid-19 in 2020. Covid's impacts on lives, health and livelihoods are vast and varied, and as of yet hard to predict; at the same time, other hazards did not stop for Covid-19 - posing complex challenges for scientists and practitioners working in anticipatory action.

In Ignites of less than 5 minutes followed by brief interviews, scientists will tell us how Covid-19 and its impacts might be predicted, while practitioners talk about their experiences in implementing early actions in the times of Covid-19.

- Dirk-Jan Omtzigt, UNOCHA, Chief Economist, Head of Humanitarian Financing Strategy and Analysis Unit
- Fernanda Ayala, Ecuador RC, GIS Specialist
- James Riak Mathiang, GOAL Sierra Leone, Assistant Country Director – Programmes
- Nora Guerten, FAO, Early Warning Early Action Specialist
- Jomar Rabajante, University of Philippines Resilience Institute, Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics
- Boris Pavlin, WHO, Health Emergencies Programme Acting Unit Head, Field Epidemiology Services


Meet the partnerships of your dreams with the "Mingle" app

In this session, partnerships and initiatives will tell us what they offer and why you should join them. You will also have the chance to tell us what you do and what you are looking for. Join MINGLE - an imaginary app to help you connect and collaborate on anticipatory action.

Minglers include:

- Elkaye Macasil, WMO, Programme Officer Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Secretariat
- Leonardo Milano, OCHA/Centre for Humanitarian Data, Predictive Analytics Team Lead
- Shanna McClain, NASA, Earth Science Divisions Global Partnerships Manager
- Joel Myhre, Pacific Disaster Centre, Senior Disaster Management Specialist
- Kara Siahaan, Anticipation Hub, Lead Networks and Policy



Official launch of the Anticipation Hub: Your one-stop-shop for knowledge exchange on anticipatory action

Come join us to celebrate the official launch of the Anticipation Hub, your one-stop-shop for knowledge exchange, learning and guidance on anticipatory action. This joint initiative between the German Red Cross, IFRC and the Climate Centre, brings together 50+ partners across the Red Cross Red Crescent network, universities, research institutes, (i)NGOs, UN agencies, governments and network initiatives, with funding support from the German Federal Foreign Office.

This special session will involve high-level interventions, interactive interviews with scientists, practitioners and policymakers about the three strategic priorities of the Hub, and a dynamic panel session reflecting on how the Hub can strengthen our shared vision for anticipatory action. The audience will have lots of opportunities to share their feedback and ideas too. We look forward to seeing you there!

- Kara Siahaan, Anticipation Hub/IFRC, Lead Networks and Policy
- Maarten van Aalst, Red Cross red Crescent Climate Centre, Director

- Jagan Chapagain, IFRC, Secretary General
- Thomas Zahneisen, German Federal Foreign Office, Director Humanitarian Assistance
- Alexandra Rüth, German Red Cross, Head of the Anticipation Hub

- Christof Johnen, German Red Cross, Head of International Cooperation

- Emily Montier, Start Network, Head of Crisis Anticipation and Risk Financing
- Sibi Lawson Marriott, WFP, Climate Change Adaptation, Resilience and Gender Equality
- Julia Chasco, Argentina Meteorological Service, Head of Meteorology and Society
- Elkaye Macasil, WMO, Programme Officer Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Secretariat

- Liz Stephens, University of Reading, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate, Associate Professor / FbF Science Lead
- Douglas Mulangwa, Uganda Ministry of Water Resources and Environment
- Sebongile Hlubi, Lesotho Red Cross Society, FbF Project Manager  
- Julio Rainimananjanahary, Welthungerhilfe, Technical Coordinator FBA-Madagascar
- Emma Louise Flaherty, Risk Informed Early Action Partnership (REAP), Implementation Lead
- Daniel Pfister, UN OCHA, Humanitarian Affairs Officer