Media advisories/Info notes
Media Advisory on World Meteorological Day and Statement on the Status of the Climate in 2013
World Meteorological Day is celebrated every year on 23 March to commemorate the entry into force in 1950 of the convention that created the World Meteorological Organization. The day also highlights the huge contribution that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services make to the safety and well-being of society.
This year's World Meteorological Day theme is “Weather and climate: engaging youth." Today’s youth will benefit from the dramatic advances being made in our ability to understand and forecast the Earth’s weather and climate. At the same time, most of today’s youth will live into the second half of this century and experience the increasing impacts of global warming. A new Youth Corner has been launched in order to explain our weather and climate system and encourage young people to take action on climate change.
The celebration at WMO headquarters will take place Monday 24 March programme (pdf). Special guest is Alain Ratier, director-general of the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). There will be a live video hook-up with Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and also with researchers at Neumayer-Sation III in Antarctica.
Mr Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, will deliver a video message. Media are invited to the ceremony
To mark World Meteorological Day, WMO will issue its final Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2013 on 24 March. This expands on the preliminary press release on 2013 global temperatures issued 5 February. WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud will hold a press conference at the United Nations in Geneva (Salle III) at 11 am to discuss key features of last year’s climate and answer questions on extremes witnessed so far this year. The statement will be available in advance under embargo.
For further information contact Clare Nullis Media officer, cnullis(at)wmo.int or +41-22-730-8478
World Meteorological Organization Greenhouse Gas Bulletin and climate statement released for COP19
The World Meteorological Organization will issue its Greenhouse Gas
Bulletin with the information on atmospheric concentrations of carbon
dioxide and other greenhouse gases in 2012 on Wednesday 6 November at
0930 GMT. The publication of the Greenhouse Gas Bulletin provides the
latest scientific information on the abundance of greenhouse gases in
The Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services holds its first session 2 to 5 July 2013 to discuss implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). This is a country-driven initiative to provide accurate and accessible climate services to users such as disaster management authorities, water and energy utilities, public health agencies, the transport sector and farmers.
The global push to deliver climate information and services is spearheaded by the World Meteorological Organization in partnership with other United Nations agencies, the World Bank and partners such as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement.
An estimated 70 countries, many of them in Africa, have inadequate climate services and are ill-equipped to meet the challenges of both natural variations in the climate and human induced climate change.
The Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services seeks to coordinate the contributions of partners and stakeholders to the development of global, regional and national climate services. The Board will discuss the GFCS implementation plan, including progress in the initial priority areas of food security, water management, disaster risk reduction and health. It will also discuss a compendium of projects, resource mobilization and pillars of the GFCS, including a platform to bring the providers and users of climate services together to ensure that the scientific information provided by National Meteorological and Hydrological Services is understandable and useful to a wide variety of different users.
A one-day Dialogue on Practical Action for Operational Climate Services takes place 1 July. WMO President David Grimes and WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud will open the Dialogue. Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist at the UK’s Met Office, will make the keynote address on Enabling Climate Services. Senior members of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services which provide climate services will speak at the Dialogue, as will representatives of the donor community and users in the humanitarian, agriculture, health and disaster risk reduction communities. The Dialogue, which takes place at the Centre International de ConferencesInternational Conférences Genève will be webcast. It is open to the media.
To coincide with the meeting, WMO will issue a report 3 July on The Global Climate 2001-2010, A Decade of Extremes. The report analyses global and regional temperatures and precipitation as well as extreme events and their impact on economies and loss of life. There will be a press conference at 1 pm on 3 July in Salle III at the United Nations in Geneva. Copies of the Summary Report and the press release will be sent to media and a copy of the full report will be available at the www.wmo.int website.
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
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