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Most of Europe will remember the first two weeks of February 2012 as the coldest in a long time – as a matter of fact since 1985. At its origin was a dense Siberian high-pressure system with abnormally high surface pressures, on occasion reaching 1060 hPa (MSL).
The World Meteorological Congress endorsed an ambitious global initiative that will help all communities, especially the most vulnerable, to cope with the impact of climate change, reduce natural disaster risks, and safeguard food production, water supplies and health.
WMO contributed significantly to the Third Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place from 8 to 13 May in Geneva, Switzerland. Organized by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN-ISDR) under the theme "Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow: Increase investments in local action,” the forum gathered over 2600 high-level officials and experts from governments, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.