The United Nations Alliance on Climate Change, Education, Training and Public Awareness
WMO contributed to a side event for launching the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change, Education, Training and Public Awareness. The event was addressed by Minister Fatou Gaye of The Gambia and Minister Flavia Munabaa of Uganda as well as by representatives of Switzerland, the EC and the UNFCCC Secretariat. The panel of founding Alliance members included WMO, UNITAR, UNESCO, FAO and UNICEF. WMO highlighted its role as a scientific and technical organization and its ability to contribute to the Alliance with access to data and information on the climate and on adaptation and to networks of experts. The WMO Secretariat is already active in raising climate awareness and organizing training workshops and programmes, in particular for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. The Alliance will support efforts by governments and civil society to implement Article 6 of the Convention.
WMO participated in the panel of the Climate Vulnerable Forum Side Event organized by Bangladesh. Other panelists included Ministers from Bangladesh, the Maldives and Costa Rica, a representative from the UNDP and a long term negotiator from Bangladesh.
The Climate Vulnerable Forum is comprised of climate-vulnerable countries, including Afghanistan, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Kiribati, Madagascar, Maldives, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
The event stressed the challenges members of the Climate Vulnerability Forum are facing and provided an opportunity to reflect on the key findings of the Vulnerability Monitor “Debating the cold calculus of a hot climate” recently published by DARA an organization that promotes humanitarian principles and best practice; provides quality analysis and evaluation of humanitarian interventions and monitors the human impact of climate change around the world.
How to Integrate Migration into Adaptation Strategies & Planning
WMO participated in interactive discussions at a side event titled ‘How to Integrate Migration into Adaptation Strategies and Planning’, which was organized by International Organization for Migration (IOM).
This Interactive Session provided a networking opportunity to exchange expert information. It emphasized the significance of migration, both in forced and voluntary forms in the context of climate change. The event took stock of the implementation process of the Paragraph 14(f) of the 2010 UNFCCC Cancun Adaptation Framework: “Measures to enhance understanding, coordination and cooperation with regard to climate change induced displacement, migration and planned relocation, where appropriate, at the national, regional and international levels”. It also took stock of the implementation process of the Paragraph 14(f) of the 2010 UNFCCC Cancun Adaptation Framework: “Measures to enhance understanding, coordination and cooperation with regard to climate change induced displacement, migration and planned relocation, where appropriate, at the national, regional and international levels”.
WMO noted that it has initiated a Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), to ensure an integrated delivery of climate services to sensitive sectors such as water, agriculture and food security, health and disaster risk reduction. Sustainability of population mainly depends on these sectors. WMO also informed the meeting that the GFCS User Interface Mechanism would allow interacting effectively with the user communities to customize climate information products and develop common methodologies, among which population and migration can benefit from the Framework.
The meeting concluded that good science is essential but without interdisciplinary cooperation adaptation planning cannot take place across sectors.
ITU side event ‘The Broadband Bridge’
The ITU side event on the Broadband Bridge discussed the opportunities that broadband networks, services and applications can provide to contribute in such transformation. The event presented the views of high-level representatives from national governments, the private sector and international organizations on the initiative being undertaken globally to mobilize broadband and information and communication technologies (ICTs) to reduce GHG emissions and build inclusive societies.
WMO panellist highlighted the role of ICT and in particular broadband in the value chain starting from observations to service delivery of weather and climate information to end users. The meeting noted that the GFCS takes advantage of ICTs to cope with challenges caused by climate variability and change, especially in the context of the WMO Information System (WIS).
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