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Publish Date: 12 July 2019
A new report has been published on the progress towards meeting the targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, which commit countries to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. Failure to meet the target on climate action jeopardizes progress in other areas.
Publish Date: 8 June 2019
On 8 June 2019, during the occasion of the 18 th World Meteorological Congress, there was an event to celebrate the launch of an initiative to establish in Romania a Regional Agrometeorology Center for the WMO Europe Region (RA-VI).
Publish Date: 13 May 2019
The Second Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference has opened at World Meteorological Organization headquarters with calls for more impact-based warnings that reach the most vulnerable as part of wider climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development strategies.
Publish Date: 2 May 2019
Extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani made landfall close to Puri in Odisha on 3 May, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 180-190 km/h. It tracked North-North Eastwards and weaken as it moves towards West Bengal and then on to Bangladesh, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. Accurate advance forecasts and a huge, well-coordinated disaster risk reduction campaign were credited with keeping the death toll to a minimum.
Publish Date: 26 April 2019
A few weeks after IDAI which wreaked havoc on central Mozambique (and eastern Zimbabwe), the country is dealing with another unprecedented event. Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in northern Mozambique on 25 April, near the border with Tanzania, in an area where no tropical cyclone has been observed since the satellite era. There is no record of two storms of such intensity striking Mozambique in the same season. Torrential rainfall in the days following the cyclone worsened the problem and hampered humanitarian operations.
Publish Date: 20 March 2019
Florence and Michael won’t have another chance to wreak havoc in the Atlantic Basin. The names of these two storms, which caused extensive fatalities and damage from Florida north to Virginia last year, have been retired by the World Meteorological Organization’s Region IV Hurricane Committee.
Publish Date: 15 March 2019
Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall on 14 March at 23.30 GMT, close to Beira City in Mozambique. Heavy rainfall, strong winds (above 150 km/h) and storm surge estimated at 2.5m height affected the region. Initial reports indicate there may be hundreds of deaths, and hundreds of thousands of people impacted in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Publish Date: 11 February 2019
The FAO Desert Locust Information Service (DLIS) released its 4 February 2019 Desert Locust Bulletin which stated that locust swarms have formed along the Red Sea coast of Sudan, Eritrea and Egypt and have reached the interior of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
Publish Date: 13 February 2019
The Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Agriculture (PACC-RRC) Project held its Networking Conference in Rome from 4-5 February 2019.This event was the culmination of the PACC-RRC project that included four training courses for participants from 17 CILSS and ECOWAS countries of West Africa. The project addressed one of the highest priority areas for WMO Members—the development of climate services to mitigate the risks of climate change on agriculture—enabling stronger climate change adaptation measures and disaster risk reduction through better analysis of climate...