WMO State of Global Climate report 2021 is released 18 May

The WMO State of the Global Climate 2021 report will be released on Wednesday 18 May 2022 at 10 am CEST (0800 GMT).

WMO’s flagship annual report gives details of climate indicators such as temperatures, ocean heat, ocean acidification, sea level rise, sea ice glaciers and extreme weather. It also has a section devoted to impacts on sustainable development, food security, displacement and ecosystems. It includes input from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, climate centre and dozens of experts, as well as a wide range of UN partners.

There will be a press conference with WMO Secretary-General Prof. Petteri Taalas at 10 am CEST, broadcast live on UN Web TV. It will include a video message from the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres Guterres and the participation of UN Climate Action envoy and Assistant Secretary-General Selwin Hart.

The new WMO report is accompanied by a story map, videos and other digital assets.

The WMO State of the Global Climate report complements the IPCC Sixth Assessment report, which includes data up to 2019. It provides information and practical examples for policy-makers on how the climate change indicators outlined in the IPCC reports played out during the recent years globally and how the associated implications on extremes have been felt at national and regional level in 2021.

The report is released just ahead of the World Economic Forum 2022 Annual Meeting, which brings together more than 2,000 leaders and experts from around the world under the theme “History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies.” Mobilizing public-private action to deliver on critical 2030 and 2050 global climate goals is a key topic on the agenda.

WMO thanks the many contributors to this report. We hope it will inform policy makers and the public and encourage much more ambitious climate action.

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