CAS 2021 Anchoring Event – Getting Ahead of the Climate Curve: Investing in Early Warning – Early Action (Disaster Risk Management)

On demand on CAS TV – from Geneva, Switzerland

Getting ahead of the climate curve: Investing in early warning and early action

This Anchoring Event addresses the urgent need to invest in people-centred early warning and early action with a focus on vulnerable populations in Africa, low-income countries and small island developing states.

It features an interactive session with exchange of successful practices in tackling extreme weather and climate hazards with experts, countries and partners committing to scale-up, and to foster greater ambition in the run-up to COP26 and towards 2030.

Disaster Risk Management

Event programme overview

  • Introduction and icebreaker.
  • Raising ambition on early warning-early action in advance of climate hazards.
  • Interaction with the audience.
  • Commitments on increased ambition on early warning-early action.
  • Road to UNFCCC COP26.


The DRM Anchoring Event featured partners of the Risk‐informed Early Action Partnership and provided an opportunity for the IFRC Secretary-General, Jagan Chapagain, to launch REAP’s Framework for Action. The Framework for Action sets out how partners aim to achieve the ambitious targets of the partnership, which ultimately aims to make 1 billion people safer from climate‐related disasters in the coming years.

The CREWS Initiative (Climate Risk & Early Warning Systems) was launched at the Paris Climate Change conference in 2015, with a target of raising USD 100 million dollars to build resilience, especially in Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. It is estimated that an additional 10 million people are being protected thanks to these early warnings systems, through 13 projects covering more than 50 countries in the world. Thus, eight Caribbean countries now receive CREWS funding.

European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, announced a first EUR 10 million contribution to CREWS, part of EUR 100 million new funds for disaster risk reduction for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries. Finland joins CREWS and committed EUR 5 million to the Trust Fund as part of the countries scaled‐up commitment to climate change adaptation. This engagement goes towards the targets of the Risk‐informed Early Action Partnership (REAP), Minister Skinnari from Finland stated. France’s Climate Ambassador announced a new EUR 4 million contribution to CREWS bringing their total contributions, since 2016, to EUR 26 million.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) announced today a major expansion of one of the world’s only means of channeling international funds directly to frontline disaster responders. At CAS 2021, the plan was announced to at least double the size of the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to an estimated CHF 100 million per year by 2025.

More outcomes

Download an overview of CAS 2021 outcomes and results. More per-session deliverables are also accessible from the Summit outcomes page.


This event presents a variety of high-level speakers.

Partner organisations

This event is co-hosted by the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) through the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Risk-informed Early Action Partnership


World Meteorological Organization (WMO)