WMO and IFRC sign agreement to strengthen cooperation on tackling climate risks

Wednesday, 3 July, 2013

Responding to concerns over the increasing frequency, severity and cost of disasters related to extreme weather and climate events, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their collaboration on reducing the risks of climate-related hazards.

WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud and IFRC Secretary General Bekele Geleta signed the agreement in Geneva today on the sidelines of the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services. The Board oversees the implementation of the Global Framework on Climate Services (GFCS), a global partnership of governments and organizations that produce and use climate services to address climate variability and change.

The memorandum reflects the importance of making science-based climate information and prediction accessible and understandable to local actors and communities to reduce the risk of climate-related disasters.