Thank you for the invitation to join this important event today.
As we see climate impacts causing devastation across the globe, it is clear that the UN Secretary General’s call to ensure “Early Warning for All” by 2027 comes not a moment too soon.
Responding to this call is a key component of President Biden’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience, PREPARE, which he launched last year at COP26 with the goal of helping more than half a billion people in developing countries adapt to and manage the impacts of climate change this decade.
One key way we can rapidly help people make meaningful progress on adaptation is by providing them with both climate information and the capacity to use it to make better decisions about how to prepare for climate risks.
Through PREPARE, the United States increasing our already strong support for the development and delivery of climate information services, including early warnings.
We are glad to see the Secretary General taking a holistic approach to climate information and early warnings starting with observations that serve as the foundation for climate-relevant modeling, forecasting, early warnings, and services.
We welcome the ambitious efforts of the Systematic Observations Financing Facility, SOFF, to fill these critical baseline observing gaps.
We are also dedicated to building capacity of vulnerable countries to develop and use climate information services.
This is why the U.S. State Department is increasing collaboration with our National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, to bring their world-class weather, water, and climate information and training to vulnerable countries.
At the first-ever United States-Pacific Island Country Summit in September, we announced a $15 million commitment to expand climate observations, early warnings, and capacity building in the Pacific islands.
You will hear more related announcements on SOFF and Information for Resilience from President Biden later this week.
We appreciate the efforts of the UN to bring us all together behind this important goal of closing gaps in early warning around the world. As we face unprecedented climate impacts, everyone should have the information and tools to make better decisions.