U.N. Urges More Global Action On Risk Reduction, Impact Forecasting To Prepare For Climate-Related Disasters

U.N. News: ‘Staggering’ rise in climate emergencies in last 20 years, new disaster research shows
“In an urgent call for countries to prepare better for all catastrophic events — from earthquakes and tsunamis to biological threats such as the new coronavirus — data from the U.N. Office on Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) indicates that wealthy nations have done little to tackle the harmful emissions that are linked to climate threats which make up the bulk of disasters today…” (10/12).

U.N. News: Bad situations ‘only get worse’ without disaster risk governance, U.N. chief says on International Day
“In a message commemorating the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, Secretary-General António Guterres warned that without good disaster risk governance, ‘bad situations only get worse.’ Noting that disaster risk isn’t the ‘sole responsibility’ of local and national authorities, Mr. Guterres highlighted the need for political commitment at the highest level to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. ‘Good disaster risk governance means acting on science and evidence,’ he added…” (10/13).

U.N. News: Shift needed from what weather will be, to ‘what the weather will do’
“The State of Climate Services 2020 Report: Move from Early Warnings to Early Action, released on Tuesday by the U.N. World Meteorological Organization (WMO), underscored the need to switch to impact-based forecasting — an evolution from ‘what the weather will be’ to ‘what the weather will do’ so that people and businesses can act early, based on the warnings…” (10/13).

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