World Meteorological Day 2022 Programme

World Meteorological Day 2022 Programme

The World Meteorological Day ceremony took place in Geneva on 23 March 2022. The live-stream recording of the event is available on our WMO YouTube channel in English. 

Early Warning and Early Action

Hydrometeorological and Climate Information for Disaster Risk Reduction

Wednesday, 23 March 2022 from 14:00-15:30 (CET)





1. Official addresses

  • Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations (recording)
  • Prof Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General
  • Selwin Hart, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Action (on Zoom)
  • H.E. M. Simon Manley, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations Office at Geneva
  • H.E. M. Ahmed Ihab Abdelahad GamaleldinPermanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations Office in Geneva - “The way to COP 27“

2. Moderated panel discussions

Panel 1Early warnings in a changing climate  

Why it is important to have Multi-hazard Early Warning Services in an era of climate change and more extreme weather events. The need for sustained and sustainable financing and to convince decision-makers and governments of the socio-economic benefits of hydromet and early warning investments.


  • Dwikorita Karnawati, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to WMO
  • Evan Thompson, President of WMO Regional Association for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, Permanent Representative of Jamaica to WMO

Moderator: Claire Doole

Q&A from the audience

Official address

Panel 2: Scaling up Early Action

The challenge of transforming Early Warnings into Early Action and communicating them in such a way that they are authoritative, understandable, and accessible to everyone. How do early warnings inform climate adaptation and sector-specific action such as heat health action plans? 

This panel will also explore how to leverage the power of partnerships and optimize support for the international agenda on disaster risk reduction, sustainable development, and climate action. 


  • Sezin Tokar, Senior Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor at USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)
  • Virginia Murray, Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction, UK Health Security Agency 
  • Patricia Nying'uro, Climate Scientist/Principal Meteorologist, founder member of Climate without Borders group of weather presenters

Moderator: Claire Doole

Q&A from the audience 


3. Concluding remarks 

  • Stéphane Crouzat, Ambassador for Climate, France (recording in French) 
  • Prof Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General