Climate and disaster resilience building is critical in eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development, according to United Nations special envoy Ms. Amina J. Mohammed. In a special video address to the World Meteorological Congress, she welcomed the contribution of WMO and National and Meteorological and Hydrological Services in building a solid post-2015 agenda.
“Fostering sustainable development and tackling climate change are two sides of the same coin,” said Ms. Mohammed, the Special Adviser to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning.
Therefore post-2015 sustainable development goals and the Sendai Disaster Risk Reduction framework emphasize the importance of climate and weather resilience and risk reduction, as well as quality and timely data and evidence based decision making, she said.
The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are due to be adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in September. They will guide future international and national policies and investments, donor priorities, and U.N. system activities.
Sustainable development is one of the cross-cutting themes of Congress because of the close inter-connection with weather, climate and water. High-quality weather, climate and water services empower decision-makers to minimize long-term risks and exploit emerging opportunities in agriculture, public health, energy production and other critical sectors.
“The UN system must be fit for purpose, leading by example and supporting implementation at the country level.,” said Ms Mohammed, welcoming WMO’s emerging contribution.
“The new WMO strategy will be essential in integrating sustainability, including climate finance, into decision–making at all levels,” she said.
“Improving the capabilities of the NMHSs will allow for the production of better weather, climate water and related environmental information, including improving, forecasting and early warnings, as well as supporting strategies for disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation and mitigation,” said Ms Mohammed.
She welcomed the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services as an important global partnership guiding development and application of climate services and information to support decision makers.