United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Prof. Petteri Taalas will jointly launch the final report on the State of the Global Climate in 2020 on Monday 19 April.
This is a multi-agency report spearheaded by WMO and combining input from UN agencies, national meteorological and hydrological services and associated institutions, regional climate centres and dozens of experts. It provides comprehensive details of climate indicators such as extreme weather, land and ocean temperatures, ice retreat and sea level rise. It also includes information on climate and weather impacts on both humans and land and marine ecosystems in a year when socio-economic development was hit by COVID-19.
The final report updates the provisional version issued in December 2020. It is released just ahead of the Climate Leaders summit convened by the US President on Earth Day 22 April. It underlines the need for more ambitious climate action to reduce record levels of greenhouse gases.
The press conference will be broadcast live on https://webtv.un.org/