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.
“The United Nations 2030 Agenda on sustainable development, together with the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sendai Framework on disaster risk reduction, provide the world with powerful new tools for meeting today’s challenges,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.
“By combining the scientific and technical expertise of WMO with the powerful investment and implementation capacity of the World Bank, we will work together to greatly improve the weather and climate resilience of vulnerable countries and communities. In particular, we will support investments in climate adaptation and early warning services.”
WMO will ensure that user-friendly and action-oriented information, products and services are available to inform the weather, climate and water-related investment decisions of the Bank. Science-based decisions in these fields can benefit a wide variety of socio-economic sectors, including energy, water resources, public health, agriculture, urban management, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and hydro-meteorological services.
The expanded interagency cooperation will also support WMO’s own work on the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), capacity-building for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, the recently adopted Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems programme (CREWS, led by the World Bank, WMO and UNISDR), and the joint Regional Hydromet Framework for Sub-Saharan Africa (led by the World Bank, WMO, and the African Development Bank in association with UNDP, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the World Food Programme).
The two organizations will work to align their activities in order to contribute to poverty alleviation and sustainable development. An annual meeting between the partners will evaluate and promote progress on eight priority areas:
- Climate change information for development of national policies and planning;
- Climate-smart agriculture and food security;
- Climate-smart urban infrastructure and building resilience;
- Disaster risk management for prevention and preparedness including early warning systems;
- Strengthening hydro-meteorological capacity in low and middle income countries;
- Hydro-meteorological services for water resource management;
- Climate services for sustainable and renewable energy (solar, wind and hydro); and/or
- Climate services for public health.