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State of the Climate in South-West Pacific 2020

The State of the Climate in South-West Pacific 2020 report is the first of its kind, covering a vast and diverse region encompassing countries in Southeast Asia (including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore) and Oceania (including Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island nations).

It is a milestone multi-agency collaborative effort between the WMO, United Nations agencies - including the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) - climate, socioeconomic and policy experts in the South-West Pacific, as well as experts from international, scientific and technical institutions. It includes a comprehensive integrated risk assessment and climate action guidance for building resilience to extreme weather events and climate change, thus promoting sustainable development.

The report was launched on 10 November 2021 at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, in the presence of international and regional scientific organizations and operational offices, policy- and decision-makers, development partners, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, and climate negotiators. The launch event was moderated by Ms Tagaloa Cooper-Halo, Director, Climate Change Resilience, SPREP, and featured statements from Vice-president of WMO Regional Association V (South-West Pacific) Mr Terry Atalifo, WMO Deputy Secretary-General Ms Elena Manaenkova, and UNESCAP Deputy Executive Secretary Mr Kaveh Zahedi. The event also included a partner statement from the Chief of the UNDRR Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Mr Marco Toscano-Rivalta, and a high-level panel discussion featuring Members' perspectives.

More information on the launch event is available here.

For an interactive story map showcasing the findings of the report, please click here.