With financial support from the Government of Denmark and the UN Foundation, WMO invited an international group of weather presenters to report from COP-21 during the first week. Further support was provided by the French Meteorological Society (SMF) and Climate Central.The presenters came from Abu Dhabi, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Denmark, Dominica, Fiji, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, United States of America and Vietnam.
The group shared a fixed camera position in the Media Centre and two camera operators with television cameras. Their interviews and stand-ups were delivered back to their home offices every few hours via Dropbox. The presenters interviewed many members of the new bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), senior WMO officials, delegates, and others. As accredited journalists, participants also had access to the regular press briefings, the press working area and official side events.
During the run-up to the COP, WMO also launched 23 new videos from weather presenters. These videos included “weather reports from 2050” as well as reports on climate change impacts on well-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Weather presenters with WMO Secretary-General at COP-21