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World Meteorological Day 2006 


The Day was celebrated at WMO Headquarters on 23 March around the theme Preventing and mitigating natural disasters. The prestigious guest of honour was Sir David King, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government, United Kingdom, who gave an enlightened presentation entitled From science to action. This presentation is available (Powerpoint) from the World Meteorological Day Website:

See also an interview with Sir David King in "In the News".

Another notable event was the inauguration by Mr Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, of an exhibition of paintings by renowned Swiss artist, Hans Erni. 

A display of some 80 drawings and paintings on the theme of weather by children and youngsters under 16 years of age from around the world was also opened. The artworks cover myriad aspects of weather and associated events, including natural disasters. They are submissions to an ongoing international competition launched by WMO through the National Meteorological Services. 

See: and

Press Release No. 745


painting H. Erni

Tsunami destroyer
(Hans Erni)

painting by H. Erni

Attempt of rescue
(Hans Erni)



Children's paintings




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