WMO Side Events & Activities

Monday, 2 December 2019

6pm-8pm: Official opening of the IPCC/WMO pavilion

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

10am -1pm: Earth Information Day, presentations and discussions (Plenary room)

1:15pm -3pm: Earth Information Day, posters session

3:30pm- 4:30pm: Launch of the State of the Climate Services report (IPCC/WMO Pavilion)

4:45pm-18:00pm: The Earth System Cycles from a Global Climate Observing System Perspective (IPCC/WMO Pavilion)

Moderator: Stephen Briggs (GCOS Chair)

Speakers and introductory talks:

  • Karina von Schuckmann (Mercator Océan, France): Heat stored in the Earth system: Where does the energy go?
  • David Crisp (NASA): The Global Carbon Cycle –Insights from Space-based Observations of CO2
  • Werner Kutsch (ICOS): Essential knowledge about the Global Carbon Cycle

Followed by a discussion.

4:45pm- 6:15pm: Accelerating energy transitions and raising ambition based on decreasing costs of renewables (Room 4)

6:30pm-8:00pm: SDG3 - Invest in climate action for Health: cut emissions, clean our air, save lives (TBC)

6:30pm-8:00pm: Moving forward together: the second phase of the Task Force on Displacement (Room 4)

6:30pm-8:00pm: The 36th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (Room 3)

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

1:00pm- 3:00pm:  Greenhouse Gases in the atmosphere: sources, sinks and climate impact (IPCC/WMO Pavilion)

The event will focus on the current levels of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere based on global observations and the connection of these levels with the balance of the greenhouse gases sources and sinks. It will further evaluate the sources or emissions of the greenhouse gases of different economic sectors and put them in the context of the Paris Agreement goals through gap analysis. It will also highlight the impacts of current and projected emissions on climate change. 
  • WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin 2019 – Claudia Volosciuk, Atmospheric Environment Research Division, WMO
  • Global Carbon Budget 2019 - Glen Peters, Research Director, CICERO Center for International Climate Change, Oslo, Norway
  • Implications drawn from IPCC Special Reports - Joeri Rogelj, Lecturer, Grantham Institute, Imperial College London, UK and Senior Research Scholar, International Institute for Applied System Analysis, Austria
  • The Emissions Gap Report 2019 - Anne Olhoff , Head of Strategy, Climate Planning and Policy, UNEP DTU Partnership

1:15pm -2:45pm: SDG1 - Science and innovation  in support of climate action for the poor and the vulnerable (Room 3)

3:30pm- 5:00pm: The ACToday project (IPCC/WMO Pavilion)

Thursday, 5 December 2019

12:30pm- 2:00pm: Climate and Sand and Dust Storms. Side event with AEMET, BSC, CMA and WMO (IPCC/WMO Pavilion)

1:15pm-2:45pm: 2019 Refinement, SLCF Inventory methodology and other IPCC TFI activities (Room 1)

3:00pm- 4:00pm: Action for Adaptation: How We Manage Water for Climate Change Resilience (Room 6)

3:30pm-5:00pm: Monitoring climate and extreme events at national level (IPCC/WMO Pavilion)

Friday, 6 December 2019

4:00pm-5:00pm: Promoting Sustainable Development for Climate Change (WMO/IPCC Pavilion)

5:00pm- 6:30pm: WMO Tools for Climate Action (IG3IS) (IPCC/WMO Pavilion)

5:30pm-7:00pm: Capacity-Building Knowledge to Action Day Session F: Capacity building Knowledge to Action: Lessons learned from practice (TBD)

Saturday, 7 December 2019

11:30am -1:00pm: SDG14- Raising Ambition on Climate and the Oceans (Room 6)

3:30pm-5:00pm- AF2020/WASP (ASP) (IPCC/WMO)

Monday, 9 December 2019

10:15am- 11:15am: IHA and WMO meeting: exploring collaborations (WMO/IPCC Pavilion)

2:00pm- 4:30pm- WMO/GEIDCO EVENT - Ceremony of Signing MoUs (UNFCCC Pavilion)


Tuesday, 10 December 2019

10:30am-11:30am: State of climate services report/ lessons learned and ways forward (WMO/IPCC Pavilion)

11:30am-12:30pm: Ocean regions and a changing climate: Polar and SIDS perspectives (WMO/IPCC Pavilion)

The recent IPCC report on “The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate” and the “WMO Provisional Statement on the Global State of the Climate 2019”, clearly demonstrates the challenges faced by the global ocean. Polar and SIDS ocean regions -  with fragile ecosystems and areas where populations are reliant on the blue economy -  are highly vulnerable to changes in climate. Indeed – impacts are already evident in these regions.

This Panel Session offers the opportunity to hear the perspectives from 4 speakers, each of which have grown up in either Polar or SIDS regions and witnessed real changes, and now in positions to lead internationally and regionally, the mitigation and adaptation responses, especially related to weather and climate early warnings.


  • Prof Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary General – International perspectives and Polar ocean regions

  • Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean – International perspectives and SIDS regions

  • Mr Misaeli Funaki, Director of the Fiji Meteorological Service and IPCC Focal Point for Fiji – Regional perspectives from the Pacific SIDS

  • Mr Árni Snorrason,Director General of the Icelandic Meteorological Office, and Iceland’s Focal Point for IPCC, Member of Iceland Delegation to the Arctic Council (Iceland is currently Arctic Council Chair) – Regional perspectives from the Arctic 



4:45pm- 6:15pm: SDG6- Climate-resilient water management approaches (Room 1)

5:00pm- 6:30pm: Global energy interconnection for addressing climate change (IPCC/WMO Pavilion)

6:00pm- 8:00pm:  High-level signing event Alliance for Hydromet Development (Multilateral Development Bank Pavilion)

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

8:30am - 10:00am: Event to celebrate the International Mountain Day with Mountain Partnership (Chile Pavilion)

10:30am- 11:30am: Glaciers: A natural laboratory to study climate change (Cryosphere Pavilion)

12:30pm- 1:30pm: Climate Classroom. UNCC Learn and Global Water Partnership. Drought and Flood management (IPCC/WMO Pavilion)

1:15pm- 2:45pm- SDG7-Accelerating the energy transformation in support of sustainable development and the Paris Agreement (Room 5)

1:15pm- 2:45pm- CREWS: Accelerated Action on Early Warning for Climate Resilience (Benelux/European Investment Bank Pavilion)

3:00pm- 4:30pm: SDG5- Gender equality initiative at the SG’s Climate Action Summit:Examples and evidence of implementation (Room 3)

3:00pm- 4:30pm: Climate Rationale in GCF Water Projects (Room 2)

4:45pm- 5:30pm: Building resilience of mountain communities: data and science for policy action (Room 1)

5:30pm- 6:30pm- Climate Classroom. UNCC Learn Energy management (IPCC/WMO Pavilion)

Thursday, 12 December 2019

6:30pm- 8:00pm: SDG10-Climate change and human mobility: responding to displacement and migration challenges (Room 4)

Friday, 13 December 2019