Media advisories/Info notes
The Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) holds its annual meeting from 15-23 May to review progress and challenges in providing weather, climate and water services to meet the growing needs of society.
The Council will consider WMO priorities including the Global Framework for Climate Services, which is being implemented by governments with support from WMO and its partners. Several countries are rolling out climate services at national level. The network of regional climate centres is expanding in order to address the regional implications of climate variability and climate change.
Other items on the Executive Council’s agenda include:
• Disaster risk reduction
The Executive Council meets annually at WMO headquarters in Geneva. It monitors implementation of the decisions of the WMO Congress, coordinates the programmes, examines the utilization of budgetary resources, considers and takes action on recommendations of regional associations and technical commissions and guides their work programme.
The WMO Executive Council is composed of 37 members and is open to all WMO Members. It is currently chaired by WMO President David Grimes.
Media Advisory -High Level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP), Geneva, Switzerland, 11-15 March 2013
A High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy organized by the World Meteorological Organization, secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the Food and Agriculture Organization, in collaboration with other U.N. agencies, national governments and the private sector, is taking place on 11-15 March 2013 at the CICG International Conference Centre in Geneva.
Media Advisory -WMO Activities at the COP18 in Doha, Qatar
26 November – WMO Exhibition booth opens
28 November (14:30 local, press conference room 1). Press conference with WMO Deputy Secretary General Jeremiah Lengoasa and World Climate Research Programme Director Ghassem Asrar on the WMO provisional statement on the status of the global climate in 2012 (with simultaneous event by WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud at U.N. in Geneva)
30 November (18.30, room 4): Side event on Global Framework for Climate Services: UN Delivering as One
1 December (18.30): WMO participation in side event on UN Support for Charting Climate Change Mitigation strategies
3 December (1830, room 2): WMO participation in side event with World Health Organization and Norway: Building Sustainable Health Systems: Focus on Climate Resilience
4 December (1130, press room 1): Press conference with WMO Secretary General Michel Jarraud on launch of new report 2001-2010: A Decade of Climate Extremes (with simultaneous event at U.N. in Geneva).
(1315-14.45, room 2): WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud participates in UN Chief Executive Board event: UN System: Sustainable Solutions for Climate Action
6 December (1500, Room 1): Side event on UN system: Managing disaster risks and extreme events under a changing climate
Media Advisory - Greenhouse Gas Bulletin and climate statement released for COP18
The World Meteorological Organization will issue its 2011 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin with the latest information on atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases on Tuesday 20 November at 1030 GMT. This year there will be a special focus on the carbon cycle. The publication of the Greenhouse Gas Bulletin is intended to provide the latest scientific information on the abundance of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere ahead of the U.N. climate conference in Doha 26 November to 7 December.There will be a press conference with WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud in Room III of the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva at 1130 Geneva time (1030 GMT).
The WMO provisional statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2012 will be released Wednesday 28 November, with data for the first 10 months of the year. There will be a press conference at the U.N. climate conference in Doha at 1100 GMT (1430 Doha local time) with WMO Deputy Secretary General Jeremiah Lengoasa. WMO Secretary General Michel Jarraud will hold a simultaneous press conference at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva (1230 Geneva time)
Media Advisory - Extraordinary session of the World Meteorological Congress
An extraordinary session of the World Meteorological Congress will take place from 29 to 31 October at the International Conference Centre of Geneva. The agenda will focus on decisions on the implementation plan and governance model for the Global Framework on Climate Services (GFCS), which was endorsed by the regular World Meteorological Congress in May 2011. >> full text
Media Advisory - World Meteorological Day 23 March 2012
World Meteorological Day takes place every March 23 to celebrate the entry into force in 1950 of the Convention creating the World Meteorological Organization.
The theme for World Meteorological Day 2012 is Powering our future with weather, climate and water. This highlights the critical roles of weather, climate and water services in powering a sustainable future for us and for generations to come. It also focuses on the Global Framework for Climate Services which is being developed by WMO and partners inside and outside the United Nations system to provide the information and services which will help us cope with a changing climate. The food security, water management, disaster risk reduction and health sectors will be a top priority in this. >> full text
Media Advisory - International climate experts to meet this month in Denver;