New Finance Mechanism being Developed to Fill Gaps in Climate Data and Improve Response Times

The world’s ability to predict future climate scenarios and combat climate change have been impeded by data gaps in previous and current climate points. Now, a UN Coalition Fund is poised to make a huge difference: the new funding mechanism will aid in the collection of critical weather and climate data, reinforcing the international response to the climate catastrophe. 

The fund will be announced at the upcoming 26th session of the Conference of Parties (CoP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Glasgow, Scotland, by three United Nations bodies: the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The fund’s details will be revealed on November 3, 2021. 

The WMO and other international organisations are spearheading the Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF), which will fill the data gaps that hinder our understanding and projections of climate change. 

Over the next ten years, the SOFF will improve capacity in 75 Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries, enabling them to generate and exchange critical meteorological and climate data. 

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