A Global Alliance

No country is immune to drought and its impacts on food, water, energy security, forced migration and natural resource conflicts. Europe, the western United States, Chile, Australia, and the Horn of Africa have all suffered extreme droughts in recent years.

Impacts of Drought

These unprecedented droughts have far-reaching impacts on agriculture, energy, transportation, tourism, and human health.

$124 Billion loss

From 1998 to 2017, drought generated economic losses of about US$124 billion across the world, not to mention the cost in human suffering and lives.

World leaders recognize the need for a global collaborative platform.

Political engagement is at the highest level with a network of implementing partners to support countries and communities considering their different circumstances.

Responding to these needs, the International Drought Resilience Alliance was first announced by Spain at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in September 2022 and was officially launched at the UNFCCC COP27 in November 2022.

Interested members of the Alliance see the urgent need to pivot from emergency response to increasing drought resilience through a more coordinated and effective response.



The Alliance will function as a collaborative platform that catalyzes political momentum and mobilizes resources for targeted actions to enhance drought resilience in countries, cities, and communities, including to:

  • Generate political momentum

    We make drought resilience a global priority and for it to be mainstreamed in national development policies and donor relationships

  • Promote full engagement from stakeholders

    Including the private sector, for increasing drought resilience

  • Facilitate knowledge sharing and networking

    With other alliances and platforms to increase synergistic impacts that enhance drought resilience

  • Consolidate regional initiatives (programmes)

    That facilitate action, innovation, technology and knowledge transfers, and resource mobilization for drought resilience at different levels


The work of the Alliance will be guided by a steering committee with balanced regional representation and membership open to all Member States and their organs, UN entities and international organizations, scientific institutions, development banks and other financing mechanisms as well as non-state actors and civil society stakeholders.

IDRA Launch event on Nov 7, 2022 at COP27


Government of Spain Government of Senegal

Supporting Countries

Argentina Belgium Costa Rica Chile Chile Côte d'Ivoire Egypt EU France Germany Ghana Honduras Italy Kenya Mauritania Mexico Mongolia Morocco Namibia Panama Portugal Senegal Slovakia Slovenia Somalia Spain Tunisia The Dominican Republic The Netherlands The People's Republic of China The United Arab Emirates The United States Uzbekistan

Supporting Entities

Asian Development Bank CAF, Development Bank of Latin America Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel Association des femmes peules et peuples autochtones du Tchad Convention on Biological Diversity European Bank for Resconstruction and Development Food and Agriculture Organization Global Water Partnership Green Climate Fund Global Environment Facility Inter-American Development Bank International Fund for Agricultural Development International Union for Conservation of Nature The Nature Conservancy Sahara and Sahel Observatory Union for the Mediterranean United Nations Development Programme United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction UN Environment Programme United Nation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs UN Climate change World Meteorological Organization World Wildlife Fund Climate Commission for the Sahel Region

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