WMO Report on Climate Services for 2023

By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

  • The WMO report underscores that the health sector is inadequately prepared to cope with the consequences of heatwaves and extreme weather events.

 Key findings

  • Climate change poses a significant threat to global health progress.
  • Less than 25% of Global Health Ministries use climate information to monitor climate-related health risks.
  • Air pollution, ranked as the fourth-largest health risk factor, receives only 2% of international climate finance to address it. Climate finance has doubled, averaging $1.3 trillion annually in 2021 and 2022.

Recommendations

  • Emphasize collaboration between health and climate agencies to address the climate-health nexus, particularly in vulnerable regions like
  • Develop in-country capacities to improve local knowledge and response to climate-related health risks.
  • Implement policy mandates for health and meteorological actors to collaborate effectively.
About WMO

·       The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is an intergovernmental organization and specialized agency of the United Nations (UN).

·       It focuses on international cooperation and coordination related to the Earth’s atmosphere, weather, climate, and distribution of water resources.

·       WMO has 193 member countries, including India.

·       Headquarters: Geneva

·       Founded in 1950.

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