At the onset of the southern hemisphere summer, WMO is promoting a new SunSmart Global Ultraviolet Radiation mobile telephone App, which has been developed by leading health, radiation and weather organizations. It provides geo-located 5-day Ultraviolet (UV) and weather forecasts and sun protection times along with tailored notifications.
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During the RAV Session (September 1-3, 2021), a special side event explored the needs, the gaps and identified priorities in ocean matters for this unique ‘Oceania’ region. Over 150 participants joined, beginning the conversation about a regional ‘roadmap’ for collaboration on ocean matters. This was timely after the official start of the UN Ocean Decade of Science for Sustainable Development(2021 to 2030) .
A new project, Strengthening Hydro-Meteorological Early Warning Systems in the Pacific, has been launched with funding from the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems Initiative (CREWS). It will enhance the effectiveness and inclusiveness of Regional Early Warning Systems (EWS) for local and vulnerable populations in Pacific Islands, improving early warning capabilities of national and regional hydro-meteorological centers and strengthening existing governance structures.
The Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Initiative is mobilizing an additional US$ 28 million to deliver early warning systems in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDs) to protect lives and livelihoods from the impacts of severe weather.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated impacts of extreme weather and climate change in vulnerable countries but also highlighted the need to build resilience against a multitude of hazards through better early warnings and risk information.