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Early Warnings for All initiative gains momentum

22.09.2022

NDF is raising awareness on its work in the 77th UN General Assembly (UNGA77) taking place in New York at the UN Headquarters, where decision-makers and organizations gather to discuss pressing global challenges, such as climate change.

Momentum is gathering to achieve a plan to ensure that every person on Earth is protected by an early warning system in the next five years, thus grabbing one of the most effective “low hanging fruits” of climate change adaptation.

Ministers gathered in New York on 21 September on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly High-Level week to commit support to the UN Early Warnings for All initiative as an urgent climate adaptation measure.

NDF’s Managing Director Karin Isaksson participated in the event and she discussed in the panel 'Scaling up what works – financing for implementation' and spoke about the importance of early warning systems, climate financing and NDF's and partners' actions to close the gaps of weather and climate observations.

“Recognizing the urgent need to act, Nordic Development Fund made a substantial contribution to the Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF) – a foundational building block of the UN Early Warning Systems Initiative. SOFF can close the gaps of basic weather and climate observations in the most vulnerable countries, leading to improved weather forecasts, early warning systems and climate information services. This can only be achieved as a collective international effort, and we look forward to seeing more countries joining the SOFF UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund”, says Karin Isaksson, Managing Director at the Nordic Development Fund.

Organized by the United Nations, Government of Egypt, and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the ministerial Early Warnings for Climate Adaptation Event brought together countries from around the world, donors, international development agencies and the private sector. The event was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations in New York.

Read more in the WMO Press Release here.