New funding mechanism for climate action becomes operational and supports early warnings
Helsinki, June 30 (SocialNews.XYZ) A new funding mechanism to strengthen weather and climate observations, improve early warnings to save lives, protect livelihoods and support climate adaptation for long-term resilience has opened for business, said announced Thursday the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The Systematic Observations Funding Mechanism (SOFF) is a key part of a new initiative led by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to ensure early warning services reach everyone over the next five years , as WMO recently announced.
Lack of data limits understanding of climate and these gaps affect the ability of weather forecasters and disaster management personnel to predict and adapt to extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and heat waves.
“Today, less than 10% of the basic weather and climate observations required are available in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The world urgently needs these data and c This is why SOFF will be a partnership of equals where everyone has a role and responsibilities,” said WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas.
SOFF seeks to address the long-standing problem of missing weather and climate observations from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). In support of the Paris Agreement, it will strengthen the international response to climate change by filling data gaps, a WMO statement said.
“As the climate crisis deepens, it’s crucial that we build predictive power for everyone, so countries can reduce disaster risk. That’s why we’ve launched an initiative to ensure that every everyone on Earth will be protected by early warning systems within the next five years. SOFF is an essential tool to achieve this. I thank all countries that provide seed funding to the United Nations SOFF Multi-Partner Trust Fund and I urge others to do the same,” said António Guterres.
“Early warning systems are built on the basis of meteorological observation data, but this basis is patchy or non-existent in many LDCs and African countries,” said Selwin Hart, the Secretary-General’s special adviser on climate action. and just transition.
SOFF provides benefits not only to the most vulnerable countries, but to all countries in the world. The improved availability of weather and climate observations enabled by SOFF is essential if the global community is to realize the $162 billion per year in socio-economic benefits of weather and climate prediction.