WMO President Alexander Bedritskiy and Secretary-General Michel Jarraud opened WMOs XVI Congress today. More than 600 delegates, including Heads of States and Governments, Ministers, senior government officials, heads of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, and representatives of WMO partner organizations will attend the three week meeting which will determine WMOs future direction.
The science that is the foundation of your work must continue to drive our response to climate change, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message to Congress. Greenhouse gas emissions are accelerating. Climate change is altering the geopolitical landscape and threatens economies around the world.
Ban said the proposed Global Framework for Climate Services, one of the main agenda items at Congress, would help assist the poorest and most vulnerable countries adapt to the inevitable impacts.
In a video message, Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey said Switzerland would support the new Framework which would promote international cooperation and make it possible for the poorest countries to benefit from modern climate services.