Submitted by Tim Woods
29 Mar 2022

Stepping up support for anticipatory action in the latest WMO Bulletin

The theme for World Meteorological Day 2022 was ‘Early warning and early action’ – and the latest edition of the WMO Bulletin captures some of the core messages from the day. The articles cover a number of elements relevant to this theme, from gender equality in early warning systems to the use of artificial intelligence in disaster risk reduction.

One article, co-authored by members of the Anticipation Hub team and some of our partners, explores different ways to scale up support for anticipatory action – including how the hydrometeorological community can best support the efforts of the United Nations and the humanitarian sector.

“It is inspiring to see World Meteorological Day and the WMO Bulletin highlight the various elements of early warning and anticipatory action,” said Andrew Kruczkiewicz from IRI at The Climate School, Columbia University, and one of the article's authors. “This increased attention should now lead to the development of guidelines for the provision of climate services related to anticipatory action, with the intention to further integrate anticipatory action within the standard operating procedures of humanitarian organizations and government agencies.”

The full edition of the WMO Bulletin is available here (PDF) and the article on anticipatory action is available here.

Photo: Denis Onyodi, IFRC/German Red Cross/Climate Centre, CC BY-NC 2.0

You can watch a recording of the World Meteorological Day ceremony, which took place in Geneva on 23 March 2022, on the WMO YouTube channel.

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