Do your bit: Focus on days highlighting international issues International Days and Observances
World Meteriological Day
23 March

Weather  Climate  Water  Environment

World Meteorological Day takes place every year on 23 March and " ... showcases the essential contribution of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to the safety and wellbeing of society and is celebrated with activities around the world. The themes chosen for World Meteorological Day reflect topical weather, climate, water and environment-related issues".

The World Meteriological Day also commemorates the coming into force on 23 March 1950 of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization.

Fresh water is vital for life. On average, a human being cannot survive more than three days without it. Water is essential for the production of our food, virtually all of our goods and services and for the environment.

The world now faces increasing challenges posed by water stress, floods and droughts and lack of access to clean supplies. There is an urgent need to improve forecasting, monitoring and management of water supplies and to tackle the problem of too much, too little or too polluted water.


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GDRC has been working on themes related to this international day/observance, in Disaster Risk Mitigation and Management (within the Urban Environmental Management programme.

GDRC reaffirms its committment to uphold the objectives of the World Meteriological Day, and work towards better understanding of, and action on raising awareness on issues related to topical weather, climate and water-related issues.

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