The World Meteorological Organization strongly commends the world’s Governments for adopting the Paris Agreement last Saturday – and salutes the scientists whose work convinced the international community of the need for urgent action on climate change.
“The Paris Agreement is a diplomatic triumph that reconfirms the invaluable role played by the United Nations in promoting global cooperation and action on humanity’s most pressing challenges,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. “This Agreement will serve as an essential tool for guiding and motivating action by local and national Governments, businesses, and civil society. The hard work of translating the written text into real actions begins now.”
The Paris Agreement is based on the most up-to-date and best-available science. WMO is proud of the role it has played in promoting and coordinating many of the observing systems and research networks that make this science possible. WMO is also a co-sponsor of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose Fifth Assessment Report confirming recent advances in scientific understanding informed and inspired the successful Paris talks.
Science will continue to support the Paris Agreement and the enhanced implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Continued and improved observations will make it possible to monitor progress in reducing atmospheric concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. Continued and improved research will lead to a better understanding of climate change at the national and regional levels, of its impacts, and of solutions for adaptation and mitigation.
Scientific progress will also further strengthen the role that operational climate services can make in supporting decision-makers responsible for advancing climate resilience, adaptation and mitigation. The Paris Agreement recognizes this by calling on Governments to enhance action on adaptation, including by “strengthening scientific knowledge on climate, including research, systematic observation of the climate system and early warning systems, in a manner that informs climate services and supports decision-making.”
“The meteorological and climatological communities still have major contributions to make to international action on climate change,” said Mr Jarraud. “As attention now to turns to fulfilling the promise of Paris through rapid global cuts in emissions, the world’s scientists and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services will continue to provide the knowledge and services that are required for effective and practical action to address climate change.”