WMO / WEATHER CLIMATE DATA FUND

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At the COP26 meeting in Glasgow, three UN agencies unveiled a new financing mechanism to boost climate action. Stakeholders of the initiative gathered to announce the creation of the Systematic Observations Finance Facility the SOFF. WMO

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DATELINE: 03 NOVEMBER 2021, GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM / RECENT

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RECENT – GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM

1. Wide shot, UN Climate Change Banner set on the sides of a lamp pole in a European street.
2. Wide shot, arial view of Glasgow City.
3. Close up, UN Building entrance. UN logo central with blurred people entering building in the background.
4. Wide shot, UN Climate Change Conference Room. Establishing before any presentations start, participants are finding their seats.
5. Wide shot, UN Climate Change Conference Room. Participants watching a speaker with their backs to camera and heads facing the center of the room.
6. Med shot, Men speaking at the UN Climate Change Conference
7. Various shots, people seated at the UN Climate Change Conference

03 NOVEMBER 2021, GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM

8. Med shot, Usha Rao-Monari, Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of UNDP signing document at the UN Climate Change Conference.
9. Med shot, Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary General signing document at the UN Climate Change Conference.
10. SOUNDBITE (English) José Ulisses de Pina Correia e Silva, Prime Minister, Cabo Verde:
“Cabo Verde is a SIDS with highly economic and environmental vulnerability and strong exposure to climate change.”

RECENT – GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM

11. Wide shot, conference room
03 NOVEMBER 2021, GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
12. SOUNDBITE (English) José Ulisses de Pina Correia e Silva, Prime Minister, Cabo Verde:
“Monitoring meteorological and climate phenomena is important to predict and mitigate the effects.”

FILE – WMO

13. Close up, Anemometer (Wind speed and direction monitoring equipment) seen against a blank sky
14. Wide shot, weather and communication tower
15. Wide shot, Data storage facility
16. Close up, Computer capturing weather data
17. Various shots, animated satellite weather information diagram

03 NOVEMBER 2021, GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister, Fiji:
“Since 2016, 13 cyclones have struck our islands. In the Pacific, climate driven super-storms, the rising seas and changing weather patterns are our new norm.”

RECENT – GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM

19. Wide shot, conference room

03 NOVEMBER 2021, GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM

20. SOUNDBITE (English) Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister, Fiji:
“Disaster readiness and disaster resilience are two sides of the same coin and they both depend on robust weather and climate data. For this reason, we strongly support the Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF), designed to support vulnerable countries like Fiji.”

FILE – WMO

21. Wide shot, foul, hurricane weather in the Caribbean. Broken rooves and vegetation are blown by strong winds and rain brought by a hurricane.
22. Wide shot, dust storm passes over distant buildings.
23. Wide shot, wildfires burning at night with the small figure of a firefighter visible amongst the flames.
24. Wide shot, helicopter fly's over a wildfire releasing water to extinguish the flames.
25. Wide shot, aerial shot of river with diminished flow, dry river banks are clearly visible.
26. Med shot, stunted soybean crops growing from soil that has cracks in it from lack of moisture.
27. Med shot, 3 cars barely visible beneath a covering of snow.
28. Med shot, a fallen power line blocks the road in the wake of a hurricane in the Caribbean.
29. Med shot, flooded streets are awash with debris piled up next to a car.

28 OCTOBER 2021, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

30. SOUNDBITE (English) Flemming Møller Mortensen, Minister for Development Cooperation and Minister for Nordic Cooperation, Denmark:
“In Glasgow we need to show the world how we are going to act. This means delivering on the goal of one hundred billion US dollars in climate finance for developing countries. We are ready to walk the talk. However, before we can begin to adapt, we need to have strong data on weather and climate.”

3 NOVEMBER 2021, OSLO, NORWAY

31. SOUNDBITE (English) Bjørg Sandkjær, State Secretary, Norway:
“The Facility will ensure that the whole value chain is developed from the collection of the observation data to the end user for the farmer as well as the policymaker.”

FILE – WMO

32. Wide shot, woman holding tablet inspects lettuce crop in a field of lettuces.
33. Wide shot, Wind turbines turning as the sun sets.
34. Wide shot, Aerial of fishing boats on the water next to a small village.
35. Med shot, Fenced off area with various meteorological equipment in a sandy area.
36. Med shot, wind sock blowing in the wind atop a lamppost.
37. Med shot, wind speed indicator spinning in the wind.
38. Wide shot, man turns his head to look at screen showing weather and cloud related data.
39. Wide shot, screen showing meteorological data.
40. Med shot, Anemometer turning in the Caribbean.

03 NOVEMBER 2021, GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM

41. SOUNDBITE (English) Henrik Franklin, Director of Portfolio Origination and Management, Nordic Development Fund:
“SOFF is innovative because it’s really enabling the participating countries to reach these global basic observations network standards and also applying results-based finance approach to sustain implementation as it moves along.”

FILE – WMO

42. Wide shot, aerial shot of cloud vortex from space
43. Wide shot, Red traffic light with palm trees being blown by strong winds in the background.
44. Med shot, Muddy flood waters rush past small house structure.
45. Wide shot, aerial shot of cyclone aftermath. Destruction of many small houses.

03 NOVEMBER 2021, GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM

46. SOUNDBITE (English) Speaker Selwin Hart, Assistant Secretary-General and Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action:
“The Secretary-General has called on donors and the MDBs to allocate at least 50 percent of their climate finance flows towards adaptation. This saves lives and livelihoods. Adaptation and Resilience Finance – This type of support and this type of initiative, it saves lives and livelihoods and we are in the race of our lives.”

RECENT – GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM

47. Wide shot, conference room

STORYLINE:

At the COP26 meeting in Glasgow, three UN agencies unveiled a new financing mechanism to boost climate action.

Stakeholders of the initiative gathered on Wednesday (03 Nov) to announce the creation of the Systematic Observations Finance Facility the SOFF.

It is being created to address a long-standing problem of missing basic weather and climate observations from the most vulnerable countries. These data gaps hamper international efforts to have an accurate understanding of the climate, including the prediction of extreme weather events.

In Africa, the number of radiosonde data fell by fifty per cent between 2015 and 2020 and this alarming trend has been observed in other parts of the globe.

By filling the data gaps, The SOFF will significantly strengthen the global response to climate change. It will improve that data foundation on which climate action and all resilient development investments are made.

The SOFF will also contribute to achieve one of the main goals of COP26 – to deliver one hundred billion dollars to support developing countries’ adaptation and mitigation efforts.

The SOFF was established by the UN’s three lead agencies on climate and development, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN’s Environment Programme (UNEP).

According to the WMO, less than 10 per cent of required basic weather and climate observations are available from the most vulnerable countries. This is based on an assessment performed by WMO of the gap in the international exchange of observational data compared to the international requirements of the Global Basic Observing Network.

SOUNDBITE (English) José Ulisses de Pina Correia e Silva, Prime Minister, Cabo Verde:
“Cabo Verde is a SIDS with highly economic and environmental vulnerability and strong exposure to climate change. Monitoring meteorological and climate phenomena is important to predict and mitigate the effects.
Fiji’s Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, emphasized that this new financing mechanism is a lifeline to the most vulnerable countries, especially Small Island Developing States, which are on the front line of the fight against climate change.

SOUNDBITE (English) Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister, Fiji:
“Since 2016, 13 cyclones have struck our islands. In the Pacific, climate driven super-storms, the rising seas and changing weather patterns are our new norm. Disaster readiness and disaster resilience are two sides of the same coin and they both depend on robust weather and climate data. For this reason, we strongly support the Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF), designed to support vulnerable countries like Fiji.”

Realising the value of SOFF, the international community has come forward and an initial group of countries and organizations announced financial support, including Denmark, Norway, Nordic Development Fund, Austria, and Portugal.

The Danish Minister of Development Cooperation, Flemming Moller Mortensen, made clear that through the SOFF, his government was honouring its pledge to increase the amount of climate finance dedicated to adaptation while strengthening the foundations on which adaptation relies.

SOUNDBITE (Englilsh) Flemming Møller Mortensen, Minister for Development Cooperation and Minister for Nordic Cooperation:
“In Glasgow we need to show the world how we are going to act. This means delivering on the goal of one hundred billion US dollars in climate finance for developing countries. We are ready to walk the talk. However, before we can begin to adapt, we need to have strong data on weather and climate.”

Weather and climate observations enabled by the SOFF are essential if the world community is to realize fully the 162 billion US dollars annually in socio-economic benefits of weather and climate prediction.

The Norwegian Secretary of State, Bjørg Sandkjær, said that her government is confident that SOFF will indeed deliver a wide range of benefits.

SOUNDBITE (English) Bjørg Sandkjær, State Secretary:
“The Facility will ensure that the whole value chain is developed from the collection of the observation data to the end user for the farmer as well as the policymaker.”

After the start-up phase, SOFF is expected to open its doors for business in June 2022. In its first implementation period up to 55 countries will be supported to close the weather and climate observation gap, including rehabilitation or establishment of up to 400 data-gathering stations, enabling them to generate and exchange data that is missing today.

Henrik Franklin, Director at the Nordic Development Fund joined the other Nordic speakers in welcoming the creation of the SOFF because of the innovative nature of this finance mechanism.

SOUNDBITE (English) Henrik Franklin, Director of Portfolio Origination and Management, Nordic Development Fund:
“Having accurate metrics is important for strengthening early warning systems to sharpen decisions for catalyzing both public and private investments. SOFF is innovative because it’s really enabling the participating countries to reach these global basic observations network standards and also applying results-based finance approach to sustain implementation as it moves along.”

Closing the event announcing the SOFF, Selwin Hart, Assistant Secretary-General and Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action, welcomed the creation of the SOFF as the type of support needed to comply with the promise made in Paris. He called on donors to act now and follow the example of the initial group of funders that committed financial support.

SOUNDBITE (English) Selwin Hart, Assistant Secretary-General and Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action:
“The Secretary-General has called on donors and the MDBs to allocate at least 50 percent of their climate finance flows towards adaptation. This saves lives and livelihoods. Adaptation and Resilience Finance – This type of support and this type of initiative, it saves lives and livelihoods and we are in the race of our lives.”
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