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Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organisation on the implications of climate change on the livelihoods, lives and prosperity of people everywhere

The critical implications of climate change for the lives, livelihoods, prosperity and security for all, WMO Secretary-General, Prof. Petteri Taalas speaks to Force for Good.

“about half of the planet has seen an increase in flooding events, and about 1/3 of the planet has seen an increase of drought events and sea level rise … And since we have this interconnection of the economies worldwide, there's not going to be any winners, because if a large fraction of the world will suffer, economically … we will have more migration, then that's going to affect also the rest of the world. So there won't be any winners” WMO Secretary-General, Prof. Petteri Taalas speaks to Force for Good

At HDFC, sustainability does not sit outside in a separate bucket, it is core and embedded in every core function in the organisation

Some estimates put the housing shortfall in India at 40 million units

On the IPCC report, he says “typically, we have 1000 world leading scientists who are compiling the reports, and then there's typically 2500 scientists who are reviewing it … after the scientific review, they get the typically 100,000 comments from the reviewers. The final report is compiled, and then it's sent to the governments.”

SG Peterri Talaas speaks to Force for Good about:

  • An overview of the extensive data collection that sets the groundwork for the IPCC report

  • Climate change and the impacts the world is already experiencing

  • How in an interconnected world everyone will be affected

  • Effect on North America and its status as the food basket of the world

  • Damage to Europe and the northward drift of desertification from Africa

  • Water implications for Asia

  • The high-level economic implications affecting wealth and assets

  • Migration from climate, economic and other human security crises

  • Highlighting severe implications for stability and humans security everywhere

...and much more

Brief Profile:

Petteri Taalas is the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, the United Nation’s specialized agency on weather, climate, and water. The WMO and the UN are the founders of the IPCC, the leading global climate science organisation.

Anjalee has been with the Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (HDFC) since 1997. She is a Senior General Manager, with leadership responsibilities for Investor Relations and Management Services.

A meteorologist by training, Professor Taalas advises the United Nations Secretary-General on climate change mitigation and adaptation. He is a leading advocate for increased investment in securing reliable data from all over the world for global, regional, and national forecasts and climate projections. He is currently jointly spearheading the Early Warnings for All Initiative (EW4All) with UNDRR, to ensure everyone on Earth is protected by early warning systems against increasingly extreme weather and climate change.

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