New WMO-UNFCCC cooperation agreement

WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas and UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 6 November, the opening day of Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. The agreement aims to boost cooperation in a number of areas, including on research and evidence to support climate policy-making and climate-smart investment, and on technical development to improve climate products and services for mitigation and adaptation action.

The agreement provides a framework for strategic collaboration between the UN Climate Change Secretariat and WMO in the areas of mitigation, adaptation and awareness-raising with respect to:

  • Communication campaigns that improve understanding of, and motivate action on, climate change and sustainable development priorities
  • Strengthening climate change leadership and engagement at the global, regional and national levels
  • Strengthening collaboration related to global and region-specific frameworks and mechanisms, including capacity-building at the regional and national levels
  • Research and evidence to support climate policy-making and climate smart investment, through science, data, information and knowledge
  • Technical cooperation related to data, tools and methods to improve climate products and services and their access for mitigation and adaptation action

The agreement will be complemented by several "component project" annexes, which are currently in preparation.

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