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Publish Date:
22 March 2017

WMO joins the international community in celebrating World Water Day 2017, under the theme of “wastewater,” and is stepping up efforts to ensure that water is not wasted.

Water is at the core of sustainable development and is key to economic growth, the environment and life. At the same time, water has been identified as the 3rd global risk in terms of impact by the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2017.

 

Publish Date:
20 March 2017

The World Meteorological Organization and the World Bank have agreed to collaborate more strongly on assisting countries to protect lives and property against the impacts of extreme weather, climate and hydrological events.

Their enhanced approach to building national capacity is set out in a Memorandum of Understanding signed here today by Secretary-General Petteri Taalas for the WMO and Vice President for Sustainable Development Laura Tuck for the World Bank.  

Publish Date:
20 March 2017

The 29th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board, which was held in Bonn, Germany on 16-17 March 2017, has endorsed a USD 6.8 million proposal submitted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) entitled “Agricultural Climate Resilience Enhancement Initiative (ACREI).” Targeted countries include Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

This makes WMO the first Multilateral Implementing Entity to have a regional proposal approved by the Adaptation Fund Board under the Pilot Programme for regional projects and programmes

Publish Date:
14 March 2017

The World Meteorological Organization is stepping up activities to improve forecasts and early warnings of sand and dust storms, which are having an increasing impact on the environment, human health, and the economy in arid and semi- arid regions such as Northern Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia and China.

Sand and dust storms occur when intensely hot air over the desert causes the lower atmosphere to become unstable, leading to strong winds that stir up vast amounts of loose sand and transporting it for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles. Land degradation, desertification and climate change are compounding the problem.

Publish Date:
8 March 2017

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas has launched a WMO-wide campaign to promote good practice on how to mainstream gender into organizational policies and practices; how to attract girls and women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and how to make weather and climate services more gender-sensitive.

“The implementation of the WMO Gender Action Plan has demonstrated that small adaptations to working practices can result in big leaps forward. Let us jump towards gender equality even further in 2017,” said Mr Taalas in a message to WMO Secretariat staff.