A Global Island Partnership High Level Event took place during the United Nations climate change conference, highlighting the reality of climate change in Pacific and Caribbean islands, and efforts to increase resilience. The Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative and World Meteorological Organization were among the supporters of the event.
WMO spearheaded a United Nations side event on supporting adaptation and mitigation under the Paris Agreement on the opening day of COP23 in Bonn on 6 November.
Science plays a crucial role not only in supporting decision-making for mitigation and adaptation actions, but also in providing evidence about the progress made towards the Paris Agreement. Some examples include the WMO annual and multi-year Statements on the State of Global Climate, the assessments for needs to strengthen a global observing system for climate (GCOS), and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Assessment Reports.
For the first time ever, the World Meteorological Organization presented its latest reports on atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and the state of the climate at the opening ceremony of the United Nations climate change negotiations.
The World Meteorological Organization has signed an agreement with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) secretariat to boost cooperation in a number of important areas. These include research and evidence to support climate policy-making and climate-smart investment, and technical cooperation to improve climate products and services for mitigation and adaptation action.
As a token of its commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women, the WMO-IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) kicked off its fifth session with a Women’s Marine Leadership Workshop. Twenty-four female marine meteorologists and oceanographers from 22 countries joined the two-day event which took place at the WMO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on 21 and 22 October 2017. The majority participated in the subsequent Marine Technical Conference and JCOMM-5, thus gaining invaluable hands-on experience in participating in international cooperation meetings.