The provision of timely, accurate and relevant climate information which meets the needs of not just decision-makers but also vulnerable communities is vital to efforts to adapt to climate change. Consequently, the World Meteorological Organization and its partners within and outside the United Nations are developing the Global Framework for Climate Services to close the gaps in provision of existing information and services and ensure it reaches those who need it most.
WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud will discuss how the Global Framework on Climate Services will meet future opportunities and challenges at a “Grand Conference” organized by the University of Geneva 7 March 2012.
Mr Jarraud will join Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California and the founding chair of R20 (Regions of Climate Action) in making keynote speeches on Climate and Economy: New networks, new alliances. R20 aims to help states, provinces, regions and other subnational governments around the world develop, implement and communicate low-carbon and climate-resilient economic development projects, policies and best practices.
The conference will be opened by Connie Hedegaard, European Union Climate Change Commissioner.
WMO has made the Global Framework for Climate Services its top priority. Climate services save countless lives and livelihoods every day, but often do not reach countries and communities which are most vulnerable to climate change.
About 70 countries have little or no climate information. The international community needs to go the last mile and make a minimal commitment of US$ 75 million per year to unleash the full potential of billions of dollars already invested in observation and information systems and ensure they reach those who need them most.
The Global Framework for Climate Services will provide climate services tailor-made to user needs, with priority being given to the food security, water management, disaster risk reduction and health sectors.