Early warning systems in focus

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017

The issue of early warning systems in case of extreme weather events is currently being discussed at the 69th Session of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Executive Council in Geneva, which will run till 17 May.


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Tue, 16/05/2017 - 10:56

UNOOSA invited to participate in a WMO meeting on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems

Hurricanes and early warning systems (image Courtesy of NASA)

From 19 to 21 April 2016 the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) conducted the first meeting of the WMO Disaster Risk Reduction User-Interface Expert Advisory Group on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems.  The meeting took place in the Headquarters of WMO and UNOOSA was invited to participate along with experts from selected UN organizations, IFRC, and meteorological departments of Member States of Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.  The meeting was used by WMO to discuss the notions of Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS), to update the WMO guidelines for institution


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Mon, 16/05/2016 - 10:21

WMO ranks 2014 the hottest year on record

Global mean land-ocean temperature change from 1880 to 2014, relative to the 1951–1980 mean. (Image: NASA/Robert Simmon)

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva has ranked 2014 as the hottest year on record, as part of a continuing trend.

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Thu, 05/02/2015 - 11:14

WMO and UNITAR join forces on climate services

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will cooperate with UNITAR

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced in a recent press release that it will cooperate with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in order to strengthen links between providers and users of climate services. This cooperation will contribute to the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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Tue, 18/03/2014 - 07:58

WMO: Publication on a Decade of Climate Extremes

New report by WMO: The Global Climate 2001-2010

The World Meteorological Organization published the report "2001-2010, A Decade of Climate Extremes". The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade, which was the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850 and continued an extended period of pronounced global warming. More national temperature records were reported broken than in any previous decade, according to the report.

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Fri, 05/07/2013 - 17:21

WMO: 2012 Survey on the Use of Satellite data published

2012 Survey on the Use of Satellite Data

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published the results of their 2012 Survey on the Use of Satellite Data. The publication is available online.

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Thu, 23/05/2013 - 13:41

High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP)

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

Drought is widely recognized as a slow creeping natural hazard that occurs as a consequence of the natural climatic variability. In recent years, concern has grown world-wide that droughts may be increasing in frequency and severity given the changing climatic conditions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report (IPCC, 2007) stated that the world has indeed been more drought-prone during the past 25 years.






11/03/2013 to 15/03/2013


International Conference Centre (CICG)

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Give your input: 2012 WMO Survey on the Use of Satellite Data

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has launched a call for input for their 2012 Survey on the Use of Satellite Data. This Survey is designed to collect updated information on the worldwide status, plans and related challenges within three major areas:

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Wed, 27/06/2012 - 09:27

UN Assisting Efforts to Monitor Spread of Ash from Icelandic Volcano’s Eruption

24 May 2011 – Members of a United Nations network of volcanic ash advisory centres around the world are monitoring a volcano in Iceland that has erupted and spewed ash high into the air, disrupting airline travel over parts of Europe.
The Grímsvötn volcano in south-eastern Iceland, which began erupting on Saturday, has ejected ash to a height of at least 10 kilometres, according to Clare Nullis, a spokesperson for the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO).


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Thu, 26/05/2011 - 15:27

Asian Disaster Risk Reduction Partnerships

The World Bank (WB) and the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) strengthening cooperation and partnerships in the region for disaster risk reduction. The goal is to enhance capacity-building and knowledge-sharing in disaster prevention, mitigation and response across East Asia and the Pacific.

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Mon, 11/04/2011 - 12:32

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