Weather, climate and water-related information and services are expected to make a cross-cutting contribution to promotion of sustainable development goals, adopted recently by the United Naions (UN).To that end, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is committed to working closely with its members and national and meteorological and hydrological services to improve both the provision and use of these services and maximise their full socio-economic benefits.
The ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is composed of 17 goals and 169 targets, collectivey seen an essential plank in the effort to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and enhance medical and educational access over the next 15 years.
The implementation of the so-called Global Goals through 2030 is an ambitious project, but it also represents a unique opportunity to foster development while using sustainably natural resources, protecting the environment and building more equitable and resilient societies.
Among other challenges, climate change is accelerating and exacerbating extreme weather events and pressures over vital resources such as water, food and energy.
“If addressed inadequately, weather and climate extremes will jeopardize progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): poverty reduction, food security and nutrition targets, and sustainable development in all economic, social and environmental dimensions,” said WMO secretary-general Michel Jarraud. “Actions to address weather, climate and water-related disasters need to be factored in the implementation of the SDGs: investments to modernize the infrastructure, development of human resources, access to information and knowledge, and exchange of experiences. Actions that support various SDGs must also be supportive of climate mitigation efforts: the green economy, health leading to better productivity, food production, water management, and education.”