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Publish Date: 27 May 2016
The World Meteorological Organization wants to strengthen working relationships and partnerships with the United Nations Environment Programme and intensify mutual support on issues such as monitoring of air quality and greenhouse gas concentrations, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas discussed enhanced collaboration with incoming UNEP Executive Director Erik Stolheim during the UN Environment Assembly talking place in Nairobi, Kenya.
Publish Date: 23 August 2016
The fourth meeting of the UNESCO/IOC PTWS Regional Working Group on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation in the Southwest Pacific got under way in Honiara, Solomon Islands today (22 Aug’ 2016).
Publish Date: 22 August 2016
The African Drought Conference (ADC) on "Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent" concluded today in Windhoek, Namibia, after adopting the Windhoek Declaration. The conference built on COP-11 of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, which was held in September 2013. It also served as a follow-up, in many ways, to the High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policies that WMO held in March 2013 in Geneva.
Whether due to natural climate variability or climate change, the likelihood of extreme weather conditions is increasing. The impacts include more frequent and severe droughts, which affect the lives of...
Start date11 March 2013
Publish Date: 13 October 2017
The World Meteorological Organization is providing a dedicated forecaster to support the United Nations Operations and Crisis Center in the face of the rising socio-economic impact of weather, water and climate-related disasters.
Publish Date: 27 September 2017
HydroSOS is aimed at improving flood and drought preparedness Following weeks of floods that have devastated different parts of the world, leading hydrologists are working to develop the first worldwide hydrological monitoring and modelling system aimed at helping countries prepare better for floods and droughts. Scientists have converged in Entebbe, Uganda this week to scope out a four-year plan to deliver the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS), an operational system capable of assessing hydrological variability on a global scale.
Publish Date: 6 September 2017
Water insecurity costs the global economy roughly US$ 500 billion annually and causes the death and displacement of more people than cyclones, floods and earthquakes combined. In particularly vulnerable economies, a 50% reduction in drought effects could lead to a 20% increase in per capita GDP over a period of 30 years. Therefore, mechanisms to enhance integrated drought management are more critical than ever.
Publish Date: 28 August 2017
Disaster risk reduction in the Pacific has been given a boost by the establishment of a new multi-hazard early warning system sub-regional hub in Papua New Guinea. It was inaugurated at the third regional integrated multi-hazard early warning systems (RIMES) ministerial conference in Port Moresby on 25 August, attended by ministers from throughout the region.
Publish Date: 19 June 2017
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Meteorological Organization have signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen cooperation to respond to climate variability and climate change, which, according to the agreement, "represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies, natural ecosystems and food security." Through their strengthened partnership, the two organizations will work on strengthening agro-meteorological services and making them more accessible to farmers and fishers; improve global and region-specific monitoring for early warning...
Publish Date: 23 May 2017
A major initiative to improve the generation and use of early warnings against extreme weather, earthquakes and a cascading range of hazards has been launched with a powerful plea from a tsunami survivor to build more resilient societies. Petra Nemcova, a model, lost her partner in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and survived with serious injuries by holding on to a tree for 8 hours, recalled the agony of hearing children cry for help and then fall silent as they were swept away by the waters. Her Happy Hearts Foundation has since opened 162 schools in 10 countries to help children who lost...