WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas is currently attending the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where governments are addressing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted last year. The theme of this year's session is‘The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform our World.’ Over the next 15 years, countries will work to achieve the SDGs by mobilizing efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
WMO and the world's National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) have an important role to play in assisting countries meet the Goals. For example, by providing increasingly targeted services to the agricultural sector, NMHSs have become central to ensuring global food security.The data and analyses provided by NMHSs and other service providers also help to ensure that drinking water is safe and that human activities do not pollute aquatic ecosystems.And by helping planners to make cities more climate-resilient, national weather and climate services reduce deaths and injuries from natural hazards, empower the poor and vulnerable, and protect cultural and natural heritage sites.
For more information about the WMO contribution to sustainable development, see our new SDG brochure.