On 30 October, MeteoWorld pavilion received its 809 856th visitor: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
"Weather, climate and ecosystems are quintessential global issues," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message. "They cross borders, affect us all, shape almost every aspect of our lives — from the places we live to the food we eat and the jobs we have... Now more than ever, we need better information and tools to help us strengthen resilience and adapt to adverse consequences.
"Climate change is not some future scenario – it’s here today, bringing with it new challenges for our common future," he underlined in the message. "MeteoWorld illustrates how the international meteorological community, working together under the auspices of a UN Agency, can improve the safety and well-being of millions."
The UN Secretary-General visited the pavilion in the company of World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Michel Jarraud and Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration.
MeteoWorld was a feature of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China, which ran from May through October. The first-ever meteorological pavilion in the 159-year World Expo history, MeteoWorld has been a joint initiative of the World Meteorological Organization and the China Meteorological Administration, with partners.
The award-winning pavilion demonstrated how WMO and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services help communities prepare for extreme weather and water events, climate variability and climate change, and better equip cities to deal with severe storms and other hazards.