Released on World Meteorological Day (23 March 2021)
A global community of 43 national meteorological societies and organisations working on climate and sustainability have released a Joint International Climate Communiqué on World Meteorological Day 2021 (23 March). Together they reiterate the critical importance of addressing climate change.
The Communiqué acknowledges the overwhelming scientific evidence that the world continues to warm and extreme weather events and climate-related disasters are now more likely to occur, largely due to emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities.
The three warmest years on record have occurred since the 2015 Paris Agreement which aims to limit climate change – including 2020 (at about 1.2°C higher than pre-industrial levels).
Despite the announcements made by many governments of their intention to markedly reduce emissions, the overall, current commitments still fall well short of the effort required to meet the Paris Agreement goals. Even if all reported commitments were implemented, temperatures could still rise to over 3°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100 and there is a risk that the average temperature rise could exceed 1.5°C within the next decade.
The signatories of the Communiqué are calling for all leaders to strengthen their efforts by taking rapid and ambitious action, including supporting those who are less capable. Increasing nations’ mitigation ambitions ahead of the Paris Agreement “stocktake”, scheduled for 2023, would help set the world on a track closer to meeting the Paris Agreement goals and reduce the risk of potentially devastating climate impacts. This is essential if we are to avoid dangerous levels of climate change.
Weather and climate services and observations are essential to support the assessment of climate risk and inform adaptation strategies. The meteorological community is well placed to support decision-makers but needs support and resource from governments.
“While Australia punches well above its weight in weather and climate research and operations, it also has much to lose from dangerous climate change. It is in our national interest to support efforts to meet the Paris Agreement target of reducing emissions to reduce the future severity of climate change impacts”, said Dr. Angela Maharaj, President of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.
This statement is the third international coalition initiated by the Royal Meteorological Society. The first was the Paris Climate Communiqué produced ahead of the Paris Summit in 2015 and the second Collective Global Climate Statement was issued in 2017.
There are more than sixty meteorological societies around the world, seeking to advance the science, profession and communication of weather and climate for the benefit of the global population. By working together, these not-for-profit societies develop international bridges to encourage collaboration and the exchange of knowledge, ideas and resources.
The full Joint International Climate Communiqué can be downloaded here
Notes to Editors
Full list of signatories:
Alpine-Adriatic Meteorological Society
American Meteorological Society
Asociación Meteorológica Española (Spanish Meteorological Association)
Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanography Society
Centro Argentino de Meteorólogos (Argentine Center of Meteorologists)
Česká Meteorologická Společnost (Czech Meteorological Society)
Chinese Meteorological Society
Copernicus Climate Change Service
Dansk Meteorologisk Selskab (Danish Meteorological Society)
Deutsche Meteorologische Gesellschaft (German Meteorological Society)
Eesti Meteoroloogia Selts (Estonian Meteorological Society)
Ethiopian Meteorological Society
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
European Meteorological Society
European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)
Federación Latinoamericana e Ibérica de Sociedades de Meteorología (The Federation of Latin American and Iberian Meteorological Societies)
International Association for Urban Climate
International Association of Broadcast Meteorology
International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
International Forum of Meteorological Societies
International Society of Biometeorology
Irish Meteorological Society
L’Associazione Italiana di Scienze dell’Atmosfera e Meteorologia (Italian Association of Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology)
Météo et Climat (French Meteorological Society)
Meteorological Society of New Zealand
Nederlandse Vereniging ter Bevordering van de Meteorologie (Dutch Meteorological Society)
Österreichische Gesellschaft für Meteorologie (Austrian Society for Meteorology)
Philippine Meteorological Society
Societatea Meteorologică Română (Romanian Meteorological Society)
Royal Meteorological Society
Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo sostenibile (Network of Universities for Sustainable Development)
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Meteorologie (Swiss Society of Meteorology)
Slovenská Meteorologická Spoločnosť (Slovak Meteorological Society)
Slovensko Meteorološko Društvo (Slovenian Meteorological Society)
Sociedad Amigos Del Viento (Uruguayan Meteorology, Environment and Development Wind Friendly Society)
Società Italiana per le Scienze del Clima (Italian Society for Climate Sciences)
Società Meteorologica Italiana (Italian Meteorological Society)
Sudanese Meteorological Society
Svenska Meteorologiska Sällskapet (Swedish Meteorological Society)
Tanzanian Meteorological Society
Uganda National Meteorological Society
Veðurfræðifélagið (Icelandic Meteorological Society)