The Secretary-General of WMO, Michel Jarraud, joined the celebrations to mark the Africa Environment Day on 3 March 2010 in Arusha, Tanzania. This year’s theme focuses on building African resilience to climate change and protecting Africa's unique biodiversity in the face of the mounting impacts of climate variability and change.
In his statement, Mr Jarraud expressed WMO’s firm commitment to support Africa’s efforts. “While natural hazards cannot be avoided, capacity building can prepare societies to significantly reduce death and destruction,” he noted. Giving an update on the Global Framework for Climate Services, he said that for Africa it would contribute to meet vital challenges in the areas of disaster prevention, food security and water management in a way fully compatible with the protection of the environment.