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World Meteorological Day 2007


On 23 March, WMO and the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its 188 Members commemorate the 1950 entry into force of the convention that created the Organization. The theme of World Meteorological Day 2007 was "Polar meteorology: understanding global impacts".

WMO has been taking a central role in the pursuit of understanding polar meteorological and climatology and the Day’s theme was intended to further intensify international attention after WMO and the International Council for Science launched International Polar Year 2007-2008 on 1 March.

One of the aims of this global initiative of more than 200 projects is also to discover more about the impacts of climate change in these regions and how other areas will be affected. 

Guest Speaker at the celebrations at WMO headquarters in Geneva was Chris Rapley, Director of the British Antarctic Survey and President of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research, whose presentation was entitledShrinking ice: the global impact of polar warming”.

Professional explorer Mike Horn was Special Guest at the event. In 2006, together with Borge Ousland, he was the first to walk to the North Pole in the sunless Arctic winter without dogs. The extreme adventurer gave a presentation entitled “On site—visual impact. Acting for the future”.

Arthur Chilingarov, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma and Special Representative of the President of Russian Federation on International Polar Year issues, spoke about this major scientific research initiative. He also opened the WMO exhibition “Polar perspectives—the Arctic and the Antarctic as seen by renowned photographers”.

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(from left to right: H. Yan (WMO Deputy Secretary-General), A. Chilingarov, M. Jarraud (WMO Secretary-General),
C. Rapley, Mike Horn and J. Lengoasa (WMO Assistant Secretary-General)

The WMO film Two poles —one planet, which was produced especially for World Meteorological Day was given its premiere. It is available in the six WMO official languages.

See: and Press Release No. 775

For more information about IPY, see item in In the news and



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