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2010
2009
2008

2007

  • WMO-UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, jointly with Mr Al Gore, former US Vice-President and environmental campaigner
  • Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Adoption of the Bali roadmap by the United Nations Climate Change Conference (Bali, Indonesia) for a new negotiating process to be concluded by 2009 that will lead to a post-2012 international agreement on climate change
  • 20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol: WMO receives the Montreal Protocol Partners Award
  • Launch of International Polar Year 2007-2008 co-sponsored by the International Council for Science and WMO
  • International Conference on Secure and Sustainable Living: Social and Economic Benefits of Weather, Climate and Water Services (Madrid, Spain)

2006

  • WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin launched
  • WMO Arctic Ozone bulletin launched
  • Antarctic ozone hole most serious on record

2005

  • First World Conference on Disaster Reduction (Kobe, Japan)
  • International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (Mauritius)
  • Secretariat of the international Group of Earth Observations established in the WMO Secretariat

2003

  • Celebration of 150th anniversary of the Brussels Conference (1853)
  • Second Technical Conference on the Participation of Women in Meteorology and Hydrology (Geneva)
  • Launch of Natural Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Programme, WMO Space Programme and Programme for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) (under Technical Cooperation Programme)

2002

  • World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, South Africa)

2001

  • Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

2000

1999

  • Inauguration of new WMO Headquarters in Geneva

1997

  • Kyoto Conference establishes target and timetable for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions
  • International Meeting on the Participation of Women in Meteorology and Hydrology (Bangkok, Thailand)

1995

  • Climate Information and Prediction Services (CLIPS) established
  • Second Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Foundation stone of WMO new Headquarters building laid

1993

  • World Hydrological Cycle Observing System (WHYCOS) launched

1992

  • United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) established
  • International Conference on Water and the Environment (Dublin, Ireland)

1991

  • First meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

1990

  • Second World Climate Conference initiates the Global Climate Observing System
  • International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction begins
  • First Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

1989

  • Global Atmosphere Watch established to monitor atmospheric composition
  • WMO and UNEP initiate the process which leads to negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

1988

  • WMO/UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change established

1987

  • Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

1985

  • Vienna Convention on the Protection of the Ozone Layer

1983

  • WMO long-term planning process established

1979

  • First World Climate Conference, leading to the establishment of the WMO World Climate Programme

1978/
1979

  • Global Weather Experiment and Monsoon Experiments under the Global Atmospheric Research Programme

1977

  • Integrated Global Ocean Services System (IGOSS) established jointly by WMO and the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

1976

  • WMO conducts first international assessment of the state of global ozone

1972

  • WMO's activities in the field of operational hydrology designated as the WMO Operational Hydrology Programme

1971

  • Tropical Cyclone Project established, later upgraded to Tropical Cyclone Programme

1963

  • World Weather Watch launched

1957

  • Launch of International Geophysical Year 1957-1958
  • Global Ozone Observing System set up

1951

  • WMO becomes a specialized agency of the United Nations

1950

  • WMO's Convention enters into force on 23 March

1947

  • Conference of Directors agree upon the WMO Convention

1932

  • Launch of the second International Polar Year 1932-1933

1882

  • Launch of the First International Polar Year 1882-1883

1873

  • WMO's predecessor, the International Meteorological Organization (IMO) established (Vienna)

1853

  • First International Meteorological Conference (Brussels)

 

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