World Meteorological Day 2022 - Early Warning and Early Action
Hydrometeorological and Climate Information for Disaster Risk Reduction
Weather, climate and water extremes are becoming more frequent and intense in many parts of the world as a result of climate change. More of us are exposed than ever before to multiple related hazards, which are themselves evolving as a result of population growth, urbanization and environmental degradation.
Greater coordination between national meteorological and hydrological services, disaster management authorities and development agencies is fundamental to better prevention, preparedness and response.
COVID-19 has complicated the challenges facing society and weakened coping mechanisms. The pandemic has also highlighted that, in our inter-connected world, we need to embrace a truly multi-hazard, cross-border approach to make progress towards global goals on climate action, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development.
Being prepared and able to act at the right time, in the right place, can save many lives and protect the livelihoods of communities everywhere, both now and in the future.
World Meteorological Day 23 March 2022 therefore has the theme Early Warning and Early Action, and spotlights the vital importance of Hydrometeorological and Climate Information for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Empowering women in early warnings and early action to reduce disaster risk
This short, high-level side event marked World Meteorological Day 2022, and its theme of Early Warning and Early Action; Hydrometeorological and climate information for Disaster Risk Reduction, in the context of the ongoing sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), and its theme of Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes. This event explored lessons learnt to date and opportunities for the future to achieve the empowerment of women in early warnings and early action to reduce disaster risk.