PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 15, 2023— The Caribbean Meteorological organization (CMO)and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) invite you to join in the global celebration of World Meteorological Day 2023.

The theme, “The Future of Weather, Climate and Water across Generations”, highlights the legacy of the past, the progress of the present, and the potential of the future, which resonates strongly in the Caribbean.

As weather, climate and the water cycle know no national or political boundaries, international cooperation at global and regional scales is essential for the development of meteorology, climatology and operational hydrology, so that countries can reap the benefits from their application.

On the global scale, the WMO provides the framework for such international cooperation, as the United Nations specialized agency for weather, climate, and water.

This year WMO celebrates the 150th anniversary of the International Meteorological Organization (IMO), which laid the foundation for standardized data
collection and international data exchange among National Meteorological and Hydrological Services.

The history of WMO data exchange is an outstanding story of scientific vision, technological advances and, most of all, of a unique system of cooperation to serve society.

National Meteorological and Hydrometeorological Services work around the clock to provide vital weather and climate information worldwide. Their early and reliable warnings of severe weather and fluctuations in air quality as well as of climate variability and change allow decision-makers, communities and individuals to be better prepared for weather and climate events.

Their warnings help save life and property, protect resources and the environment and support socio-economic growth. Regionally, the CMO, a specialised institution of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), provides the coordination of joint scientific and technical activities among the respective National Meteorological
and Hydrometeorological Services.

CMO, which originated out of the British Caribbean Meteorological Service that was established in 1951, is celebrating three milestone anniversaries in 2023:

1) The 50th Anniversary of the Agreement to establish the Caribbean Meteorological
Organisation (CMO);

2) The 70th anniversary of the British Caribbean Territories (BCT) as a Member of the WMO;

3) The 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

A brief history is provided in the CMO message for World Meteorological Day 2023.
The Caribbean Meteorological Organization looks forward to many more years of collaboration and cooperation with the WMO, other global partners, and the Caribbean Community to ensure a successful future of weather, climate and water across generations.

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