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The World Meteorological Congress endorsed an ambitious global initiative that will help all communities, especially the most vulnerable, to cope with the impact of climate change, reduce natural disaster risks, and safeguard food production, water supplies and health.
WMO contributed significantly to the Third Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place from 8 to 13 May in Geneva, Switzerland. Organized by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN-ISDR) under the theme "Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow: Increase investments in local action,” the forum gathered over 2600 high-level officials and experts from governments, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.
WMO and IDEAM (the Colombian NMHS), with additional support from USAID, convened a technical workshop in Bogota, Colombia, from 30 October to 1 November with the aim of identifying the...
The WMO Commission for Atmospheric Sciences held a Science Summit on Seamless Research for Weather, Climate, Water and Environment at WMO headquarters in Geneva from 20 to 22 October. The Summit defined a new framework for collaboration to achieve urgently needed breakthroughs in our understanding of the Earth system and to transform knowledge and technologies into concrete services for humanity.
WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas awarded a certificate to the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) on 18 October officially accrediting it as a WMO Centennial Observing Station. The certificate was presented to HKO Director Shun Chi-ming, at WMO headquarters in Geneva.
Leading hydrologists from around the world met in Entebbe, Uganda, from 26 to 29 September to discuss a four-year plan to implement the WMO Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS), which will be capable of assessing hydrological variability on a global scale. The group also looked at how HydroSOS can help deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6, which stresses the importance of attaining human health, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity through access to safe water and sanitation, and sound management of freshwater ecosystems.
Over the last months, WMO has led sessions in a series of regional training workshops designed to support countries in advancing their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), key instruments for scaling up climate action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The WMO aims to help the countries to benefit from scientific information on climate variability, trends and extremes and to demonstrate how these can be imbedden in their sustainable development strategies, so that they serve as vehicles for implementing the climate services needed to achieve the best...
WMO and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) established a new Working Arrangement on the Operation of the Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) Programme in July. It commits the two organizations to develop a business case and framework for future collaboration on the operation, expansion and enhancement of AMDAR.