Mr Alexander Bedritskiy, President of WMO, and Mr Guoguang Zheng, Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration are members of the High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability just launched by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Panel that brings together some of the world’s leading policymakers and thinkers, also comprises Mrs Cristina Narbona Ruiz, Spanish Ambassador to the OECD, former Minister of the Environment of Spain and members of the High-level Task Force for the Global Framework for Climate Services set up by the WMO Secretary-General. The purpose is to formulate a new blueprint for sustainable growth and low-carbon prosperity for all. The High-Level Panel will issue its final report by the end of 2011. Its inputs will feed into intergovernmental processes, including preparations for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio 2012), and the annual meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).