Heavy rains that have brought deadly and catastrophic floods to several Western European countries are only the latest sign that all nations need to do more to mitigate climate change catastrophes, said the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Limiting global temperature rise is already a question of ‘survival.’

The Secretary-General, António Guterres, said, in a declaration by the UN Secretary-General, that he mourned the loss of lives and property.

A matter of life and death for countries suffering from climate change

The WMO official said the U.N. is prepared to join “an ongoing rescue and relief effort, when required.”

The UN General Secretary lamented that the current climate change (1.2 degrees higher than pre-industrial levels)”Extended Droughts, Intensified and Excessive Climate Occasions, and Horrific Floods & rdquor;.

The UN chief pointed out typical precautionary measures: the Swiss national weather service, MeteoSwiss, has a smart-phone application, which reports on a regular basis warnings about critical flood situation.

Guterres acknowledged that small island nations and least developed nations, where there are enormous gaps in basic weather information, are likely to benefit the most from better entrepreneurs.

2021 United Nations Secretary-General selection

A United Nations Secretary-General selection was held in June 2021 to choose the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Incumbent Antonio Guterres was the only official candidate for the position. (wikipedia)

European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites

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António Guterres

António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres is a Portuguese politician serving since 2017 as the ninth secretary-general of the United Nations. A member of the Portuguese Socialist Party, (wikipedia)

World Meteorological Organization

The World Meteorological Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for promoting international cooperation on atmospheric science, climatology, hydrology and geophysics. (wikipedia)