The World Meteorological Organization will issue its final statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2015 at a press conference 21 March by Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, who will also give an overview of temperature records witnessed so far in 2016.
On Tuesday, March 22, WMO will team with Climate Central for a special Climate Matters launch of TV quality graphics plus a webinar for a detailed look at the 2015 State of the Climate report, including a closer analysis of the world’s oceans.
The statement will be issued ahead of World Meteorological Day 23 March. This years theme is: Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future. The highlights the need to be prepared for more extreme weather like heatwaves, drought and intense rainfall as a result of climate change. These are already happening now.
Speakers at the World Meteorological Day ceremony include Valerie Masson-Delmotte, co-chair of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Robert Glasser, special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. Media are invited to the ceremony at 1430 at WMO headquarters.
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 contribution that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services make to the safety and well-being of society.