WMO is hosting the 2016 FERMUN Model United Nations attended by 650 students from 40 schools and 18 countries. The theme is "The Change We Need."
In opening addresses, Michel Jarraud, WMO Secretary-General Emeritus, said that the year 2015 showed both the need and the potential for change.
He recalled the historic accord reached at the UN climate change negotiations in Paris in December 2015. This complemented separate agreements on disaster risk reduction and sustainable development and was another "piece in the jigsaw puzzle" of concerted global action for a better future.
"Now the real work begins for individuals, communities, civil society, schools, universities, businesses and policy-makers to implement these ambitious agreements," said Christian Blondin, WMO Director of Cabinet and External Relations. "Your generation and future generations will have a decisive role to play."
He extended the welcome of WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas to WMO.
The FERMUN event, from 12-15 January, is organized by the high school in Ferney-Voltaire, France. Students take part in UN-style debates and will pass a series of concluding resolutions.
WMO supports Model UN initiatives as part of its youth outreach activities.
FERMUN details are available here