Caribbean and UN leaders were present at the first regional launch of a plan to ensure that every person on the planet is protected by early warning systems by 2027.
Held in Bridgetown, Barbados on Tuesday 7th February, the event aimed to mobilize Prime Ministers to support the Early Warnings for All initiative (EW4ALL) in the face of mounting climate hazards.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced EW4ALL at the COP27 climate change conference in Egypt in November 2022.
The initiative calls for ‘investment across disaster risk knowledge, observations and forecasting, preparedness and response, and communication of early warnings, with particularly priority placed on vulnerable communities’
EW4ALL will receive initial new targeted investments of $3.1 billion between now and 2027.