Climate change presents an undeniable threat to our entire civilization. With its impacts already evident and expected to be catastrophic, urgent global action is imperative. For this reason, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has chosen to commemorate World Meteorological Day 2024, celebrated annually on March 23, under the theme “At the Frontline of Climate Action.”

The WMO plays a critical role in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 17 interlinked urgent calls to action to all countries in a global partnership to deliver UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As the co-custodian of SDG 13 on Climate Action, WMO is committed to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”, recognizing that progress on this goal promotes advancement in all others SDGs.

In her statement on World Meteorological Day, WMO Secretary-General Celeste Saulo emphasized the pivotal role of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in risk reduction, development, adaptation, mitigation and sustainability. She also stressed “…In the face of unprecedented environmental challenges, we are not mere observers. Rather, we are called to be game changers. Our role as scientists and advocates for the planet has never been more crucial. The lives of future generations are in our hands. Our efforts today will ensure a safer, healthier world for future generations—a world where children thrive in harmony with nature…”

Greece Celebrates World Meteorological Day 2024

On Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 10:00 to 15:00, the facilities of the Hellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS) (14 Eleftheriou Venizelou, Elliniko) will be open to the public offering guided tours and information sessions regarding the latest developments in Meteorology provided by the service’s staff.

A joint celebration for World Meteorological Day 2024 and World Water Day 2024 (celebrated annually on March 22, with this year’s theme “Leveraging Water for Peace”) took place at the Hellenic Armed Forces Officers’ Club on Friday, March 22. Academics, researchers and representatives from educational communities, public and private entities attended the event, held in cooperation with the Hellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS) and the Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics of the University of Patras.