14 September 2017
UNITAR, UNOOSA Collaborate on SDGs, WMO Builds Climate Prediction Capacity
Photo by IISD | Lynn Wagner
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UNOOSA and UNITAR signed an MoU that focuses on several areas of cooperation to advance the SDGs.

A WMO workshop, held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from 5-7 September 2017, contributed to the process of the global review of Regional Climate Outlook Forums.

5 September 2017: The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have agreed to collaborate on the use of space-based technology for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) held a workshop on the global review of Regional Climate Outlook Forums (RCOFs) to identify ways improve the process of creating, interpreting and disseminating regional climate outlooks.

UNOOSA and UNITAR signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that focuses on several areas of cooperation, such as assessing states’ risk and disaster management abilities and recommending training and capacity-development solutions, coordinating on activities and policy, and collaborating to improve access to, and raise awareness of, space applications and Earth observation data. UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo highlighted the agreement as “a great example of UN entities finding ways to work more effectively together to help Member States achieve the SDGs,” while at the same time demonstrating partnership for the Goals, enshrined in SDG 17. [UNITAR Press Release] [UNOOSA Press Release]

RCOFs make seasonal predictions of rainfall and temperatures on regional scale, and provide climate information to aid national planning in key sectors such as agriculture, health, energy and water management.

A WMO workshop, held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from 5-7 September 2017, contributed to the process of RCOFs global review. RCOFs make seasonal predictions of rainfall and temperatures on regional scale, and provide climate information to aid national planning in key sectors such as agriculture, health, energy and water management. RCOFs also foster active regional networks of experts and institutions, facilitating the sharing of information and experience in managing climate risks to support sustainable development. [WMO Press Release] [WMO RCOFs Webpage]

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