By WMO Secretariat
The UN Climate Summit brought together 100 Heads of State and Government, along with chief executives from the financial world, business and civil societies to give new momentum to the search for answers to the challenges posed by climate change.
Poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, addressed the Opening Ceremony of the UN Climate Summit with her poem "Dear Matafele Peinem". Kathy was selected from among over 500 civil society candidates in an open, global nomination process conducted by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service.
"Dear Matafele Peinem" by poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands.
The WMO, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) sponsored Thematic Session on Climate Science on 23 September showcased how high-quality scientific information can support decision-making on climate change mitigation and adaptation. The discussion highlighted that the knowledge base for informed action is already available to guide climate policies and decisions from the national to the local scale.
In the lead up to the UN Climate Summit, WMO released a series of videos by television weather presenters from around the world showing possible scenarios for weather forecasts in their area in 2050 if climate action is not taken. The scenarios were based on the most up-to-date climate science, and they paint a compelling picture of what life could be like on a warmer planet.