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Publish Date: 10 November 2017
The World Meteorological Organization has signed an agreement with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) secretariat to boost cooperation in a number of important areas. These include research and evidence to support climate policy-making and climate-smart investment, and technical cooperation to improve climate products and services for mitigation and adaptation action.
Publish Date: 1 November 2017
As a token of its commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women, the WMO-IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) kicked off its fifth session with a Women’s Marine Leadership Workshop. Twenty-four female marine meteorologists and oceanographers from 22 countries joined the two-day event which took place at the WMO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on 21 and 22 October 2017. The majority participated in the subsequent Marine Technical Conference and JCOMM-5, thus gaining invaluable hands-on experience in participating in international...
Publish Date: 23 November 2017
Countries are meeting in Montreal this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the world’s most successful ever environment agreement, which halted the destruction of the protective ozone layer. The 197 parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances which Deplete the Ozone Layer are gathered in the Canadian birthplace of the treaty. This achieved a near 99 per cent phase-out of ozone destroying substances like chlorofluorocabons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), once commonly used in products ranging like refrigerants and aerosols.
Publish Date: 28 November 2017
Volcanic activity at Mount Agung in Bali, Indonesia, and potential risks to air transport from volcanic ash is being closely monitored by an international network including WMO. Indonesian authorities have been closely watching Mount Agung for weeks. On 27 November, Indonesia's National Board for Disaster Management raised the alert level to level 4 and urged people living within 10 km of the volcano to evacuate.
Publish Date: 30 November 2017
Robert Varley, Chief Executive of the Met Office in the United Kingdom, has been elected First Vice-President of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Mr Varley is the UK’s Permanent Representative to WMO, and a member of the WMO Executive Council.
Publish Date: 10 November 2017
For the first time ever, the World Meteorological Organization presented its latest reports on atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and the state of the climate at the opening ceremony of the United Nations climate change negotiations.
Publish Date: 20 November 2017
The United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) wrapped up on 17 November after two weeks of deliberations on implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change. In addition to national governments, cities and local state actors renewed their commitment to climate action.
Publish Date: 16 November 2017
WMO spearheaded a United Nations side event on supporting adaptation and mitigation under the Paris Agreement on the opening day of COP23 in Bonn on 6 November. Science plays a crucial role not only in supporting decision-making for mitigation and adaptation actions, but also in providing evidence about the progress made towards the Paris Agreement. Some examples include the WMO annual and multi-year Statements on the State of Global Climate, the assessments for needs to strengthen a global observing system for climate (GCOS), and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Assessment...
Publish Date: 17 November 2017
A Global Island Partnership High Level Event took place during the United Nations climate change conference, highlighting the reality of climate change in Pacific and Caribbean islands, and efforts to increase resilience. The Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative and World Meteorological Organization were among the supporters of the event.