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WMO at the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster risk reduction is at the core of the mission of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of its 189 Members.  WMO is therefore an active participant in the Third Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction taking place from 8 to 13 May 2011 at the International Conference Center of Geneva (CICG).

Under the theme “Invest Today for a safer tomorrow: Increase investment in local action,” the Platform groups more than 2,500 senior representatives from governments, NGOs, civil society and the private sector. It is organized by UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction. (

Throughout the Global Platform, senior WMO experts will take part in plenaries, round tables and events (

These include:

  • Operational climate services for Managing Socio-Economic Risks Linked to the Changing Risk identification and the national capacity to manage risks
  • Integrated drought risk management
  • Saving of Lives and Improved Coastal Risk Management through Regional Cooperation in Ocean and Marine Related Early Warning Systems in Asia
  • Climate Services, Catastrophe Risk and Capital Markets –How Climate Services are Set to Become Embedded with Insurance Regulation and markets


On Thursday 12 may 2011:

09h00 – 10h30 (Room 1): WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud will be a panellist at a high-level plenary on Climate Change Adaptation.

12h00 (Room 15): Mr Jan Egeland, co-chairman of a High Level Taskforce which has just issued recommendations for a new Global Framework for Climate Services, and WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud will hold a press conference. The recommendations will be considered by WMO Congress (16 May-3 June 2011).

13h00 – 14h30 (Room 2): WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud will be keynote speaker on Climate Services for Managing Risk.

Investment in meteorological and hydrological services is a key part of disaster risk management given that about 90% of disasters in recent decades were caused by weather-related hazards such as tropical cyclones, storm surges, floods and droughts. Climate change is expected to lead to an increase in the intensity and frequency of such hazards.

WMO plays a key coordination role in disaster risk reduction with its network of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and regional centres and its operational network, comprised of the WMO Global Observing System, Global Telecommunication System and Global Data Processing and Forecasting System for monitoring, detecting, forecasting and exchange of weather, water and climate related information for risk management.

WMO has a joint booth with the UN Development Programme to showcase initiatives, projects and tools on early warning systems and disaster risk reduction.

WMO is the United Nations' authoritative voice on weather, climate and water


For more information please contact Communications and Public Affairs Office, WMO:

Ms Carine Richard-Van Maele, Chief, Tel: +41 (0)22 730 83 15, E-mail:,

Ms Clare Nullis, Press Officer, Tel: +41 (0) 22 730 8478, E-mail:


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