WMO joins the international community in marking the International Day for Disaster Reduction 13 October. Women and girls are the focus of this year’s theme.
Every year natural hazards cause significant loss of life, and erode or destroy development gains. From the ten most commonly reported disasters, nine are directly or indirectly related to weather or climate.
Over the past five decades, economic losses related to hydro- meteorological hazards have increased, but the human toll has fallen dramatically. This is thanks to scientific advances in forecasting, combined with proactive disaster risk reduction policies and tools, including contingency planning and early warning systems in a number of high risk countries.
This is why disaster risk reduction is one of the top four priorities of the Global Framework for Climate Services, which aims to improve climate services for all, especially the most vulnerable. An Extraordinary Session of the World Meteorological Congress 29-31 October will decide on the management and implementation plan of this UN-wide initiative. >> More