Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization and Chairperson of UN-Water, spoke at the UN Water Talks event on 24 April. He reflected on global climate change issues, humanitarian implications, adaptation and development needs as well as WMO's role and response regarding these issues.
He addressed an international audience of water professionals, diplomats and other external guests from Delft and the neighbouring city The Hague. The discussion that followed was moderated by Pedi Obani, UNESCO-IHE PhD fellow from Nigeria.
Jarraud, a scientist and a meteorologist with degrees from the prestigious French Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole de la Meteorologie Nationale, was appointed Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization in 2004 and is currently serving his final 4-year term as Head of the Organization.
Before joining the WMO, Mr Jarraud devoted part of his career to the internationally renowned European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). He started his career with the French National Meteorological Service, Meteo France, as a researcher and then as Director of the Weather Forecasting Department. Last year he also assumed the position of Chairperson of UN-Water, a mechanism to strengthen coordination and coherence among UN agencies that work on all aspects of freshwater and sanitation.