High-level launch: 2021 State of Climate Services: Water (1:30-3:00 pm CEST)

High-level launch: 2021 State of Climate Services: Water (1:30-3:00 pm CEST)



5 October 2021

More than two billion people are living in countries under water stress and 3.6 billion people face inadequate access to water at least one month per year. Meanwhile, water-related hazards have increased in frequency for the past 20 years. Since 2000, flood-related disasters have increased by 134%, and frequency of droughts increased by 29%. Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is vital to achieving long-term social, economic and environmental well-being. But, although most countries have advanced their level of IWRM implementation, 107 countries remain off track to hit the goal of sustainably managing their water resources by 2030 (UN SDG 6).

The latest report on the State of Climate Services, for water, explores the progress made by WMO Members in using climate services to address water-related challenges. The report highlights the gaps in user engagement, forecasting, observing networks, and data collection that still exist. The 90-minute launch program, curated by WMO, will feature interventions by some of the report’s contributing organizations. An audience of hundreds of participants, representing a wide range of stakeholders engaged in implementing or supporting the application of climate services for effective adaptation in the water sector, is expected.

The launch event will present the report’s findings and lessons learned to help countries, funding agencies and development partners to assess the steps needed to address gaps in the climate services value chain to achieve greater resilience, improve adaptation and development outcomes in the water sector.


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Moderator: Paul Egerton, Director, Cabinet Office of the Secretary-General, WMO

  • Introduction of speakers, Dr Paul Egerton, Director, Cabinet Office of the Secretary-General, WMO
  • Opening and overview of report findings: Prof. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, WMO
  • Speaker: Qu Dongyu, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Speaker: Gilbert F. Houngbo, Chair of UN-Water and President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Speaker: Mikko Ollikainen, Manager, Adaptation Fund (AF)
  • Speaker: Joseph Intsiful, Senior Climate Information and Early Warning Systems Specialist, Green Climate Fund (GCF)
  • Speaker: Roman Roehrl, Climate Change Specialist at the Environment, Climate and Social Office, European Investment Bank

Question and answers

3- minute video



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