COP27: UN allocates $3.1 billion for early warning systems

UN Secretary-General António Guterres revealed his strategy to guarantee that early warning systems are in place for everyone on the earth over the next five years on Monday, noting that climate-related catastrophes uproot more people than armed combat, We Forum reported.

According to the Executive Action Plan for the Early Warnings for All project, the first additional targeted investments will total $3.1 billion between 2023 and 2027, or just 50 cents annually per person.

At a gathering of representatives from the government, the UN, funding organizations, “Big Tech” corporations, and the private sector, Guterres unveiled the idea at the COP27 climate change conference, which is now taking place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

“To ensure the effective implementation of this plan, I have asked the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction to co-lead an Advisory Board. The Board will provide strategic guidance to countries with existing early warning systems and help establish systems in vulnerable countries to reduce loss and damage,” the UN Secretary-General noted.

He informed them that those who have had the smallest possible impact on the climate problem are the most vulnerable and unprotected.

Although early warning systems save lives, Guterres went on to say that disadvantaged populations “have no means of knowing that catastrophic weather is on its way”.

The early warning systems were initially disclosed by the UN head back in March.

The strategy will close significant gaps in monitoring and forecasting, quick communication, readiness, and reaction, as well as comprehending catastrophe risk.

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