World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
The WMO is the UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behavior of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources. This session will focus on A) defending “Good Science” and B) the distribution of water. For “good science,” the scientific community may be taking a turn where “it is not enough for scientists to be right. They must also be politically adept” (The Guardian) A crisis of science funding is emerging, and of faith in science more generally because it disagrees with a way of life, the POV’s of those who are in power, and can be connoted as being a part of a ‘rebellious movement’. A prevalent example is the debate on whether climate change is real. For distribution of water, the world is running out of water; many cultures view the right to water as the right to life. ‘Water Politics’ or ‘hydro-politics’ is a new phrase emerging (although originally coined by the UNDP in 2006). Water security threats are a potential source of conflict within countries and across international boundaries.
Topic A - Defending “Good Science”
Topic B - Distribution of Water