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Alliance for Hydromet Development: Close the Gap
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13th July 2021

Alliance for Hydromet Development: Close the Gap

The international community has issued a rallying call for greater investments in weather forecasts, early warning systems, and climate services – known as hydromet – to boost climate change adaptation and resilience to extreme weather.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the first Hydromet Gap report “tells us how far we need to go to ensure all people have access to accurate, timely weather and climate information.”

“But for accurate forecasts, we need reliable weather and climate data. Today, large gaps remain in basic weather data, particularly in Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries. These affect the quality of forecasts everywhere, particularly in the critical weeks and days when anticipatory actions are most needed,” said the UN Secretary-General.

The Hydromet Gap report was launched at a high level event hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs on 8 July. It was presented by leaders of the Alliance for Hydromet Development, which brings together the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and major international development, humanitarian and financial institutions.

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