- The MRI
- Projects and Activities
Please note that this event has been postponed from February 2019 until October/November 2019. Dates to be confirmed.
Recognizing the challenges faced by the United Nations Member States affected by accelerated changes in high mountains, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and its partners (the MRI among them), are making a concerted worldwide effort to address emerging needs precipitated by these changes, foster robust and sustainable monitoring and climate service delivery functions, and facilitate advances in critical scientific research in order to close the capacity, knowledge, and information gaps in these regions. Once available and accessible, these services will provide people in mountain, downstream, and lowland regions with adequate information for decision-making regarding water, weather, climate, and hazard management.
At this unique juncture, WMO - as the UN system’s authoritative voice on Climate, Weather, and Water - and its partners will co-host a High Mountain Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Dates TBC.
This summit will build on the momentum created by major international initiatives. including the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the Paris Agreement that entered in force in 2016.
The High Mountain Summit will seek to address the need for accessible, reliable, and policy-relevant information on water resources and natural hazard management linked to accelerated changes in high mountain cryosphere and ecosystems, with the objective of providing information on, and therefore promoting, Sustainable Mountain Development.
Its aim is to create a platform to foster and enhance inter-agency collaboration at national, regional, and international levels across sectors, scales, and actors by leveraging existing and planned initiatives and projects for providing integrated climate service delivery functions along the production and utility value chain. The summit also hopes to contribute towards advancing scientific understanding of mountain processes and their impacts, as well as addressing education and capacity building needs.
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