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Publish Date: 2 October 2018
WMO has signed an agreement with the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) to further strengthen meteorological cooperation. Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed by HKO Director Shun Chi-ming and WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, HKO will support WMO’s initiative in establishing the Global Multi-hazard Alert System (GMAS).
Publish Date: 12 October 2018
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Bank are partnering to leverage WMO weather, climate and hydrological expertise to enhance developing countries’ resilience to climate change. At the margins of the World Bank Group Annual Meetings, WMO and the World Bank signed a new framework agreement to strengthen and streamline their cooperation in support of Member countries’ capacity to apply the best available science for resilient development.
Publish Date: 12 October 2018
A massive storm system brought historic flooding across South Eastern Europe in 2014, causing more than $2 billion in damages in Bosnia and Herzegovina and shrinking Serbia’s economy by nearly a full percent. Two years later, in August 2016, thunderstorms in the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia dropped 93 liters of precipitation per square meter in just a few hours, sparking flash floods in the capital, Skopje, that killed at least 21 people .
Publish Date: 17 October 2018
The need to accelerate climate change adaptation and improve multi-hazard early warning systems to increase resilience to extreme weather took centre-stage at WMO’s Regional Association for Asia and the Pacific...
Publish Date: 27 November 2018
An initiative to strengthen multi-hazard early warning systems in the Caribbean was launched on November 20 during the dry season Caribbean Climate Forum (CariCOF) meeting in Barbados. The Caribbean region is highly exposed to high-impact hydrometeorological hazards such as hurricanes and tropical storms, causing floods, landslides and storm surge. In 2017, Hurricane Irma caused massive destruction in Barbuda resulting in the subsequent full evacuation of the island while Hurricane Maria caused devastation Dominica. Barbados suffered from flooding as a result of Tropical Storm Kirk in...
Publish Date: 22 August 2018
Luxembourg has recommitted 500 000 euros this year to the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems Initiative (CREWS) to support early warnings in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). This is in addition to the one million euros contributed by Luxembourg last year.
Publish Date: 26 September 2018
A WMO-led project to establish a functioning hydrometeorological service in Afghanistan to improve early warnings and provide accessible and accurate weather forecasts to increase resilience has “achieved more than anyone could imagine,” according to an Afghan government minister.
Publish Date: 24 September 2018
This includes through access to the very latest satellite technology and initiatives to improve weather forecasts and early warnings.WMO is ramping up its drive to mobilize political and financial support to strengthen hydrometeorological services in Africa in order to boost climate adaptation and sustainable development. A series of meetings and high-level discussions in the space of a week focussed on challenges and opportunities - including through access to the very latest satellite technology and initiatives to improve weather forecasts and early warnings.
Publish Date: 20 September 2018
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has signed a host country agreement with the Government of Nigeria for the WMO Sub-Regional Office for North Central and West Africa in Abuja. WMO is boosting its regional presence in order to improve services to Members, and strengthen relationships with development partners. WMO also has a sub-regional office in Nairobi, Kenya, for Eastern and Southern Africa. The WMO Regional office for Africa will be moved from Geneva to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in early 2019.
Publish Date: 3 September 2018
The World Meteorological Organization’s new office for Asia and the South-West Pacific has started operations in Singapore. It will seek to improve coordination on hazards including extreme weather and air pollution and to strengthen meteorological services for rapidly evolving economic sectors such as air and marine transport.