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‘At the frontline of climate action!’

The climate has a direct impact on people’s lives. It influences people’s ability to grow crops, access clean water and energy resources, and travel safely. Considering its value, the International Meteorological Organization was established within the framework of the United Nations almost 74 years ago on 23rd March 1950. The International Meteorological Organization (IMO) was the first organization formed with the purpose of exchanging weather information among the countries of the world. It has now 193 members. It came into existence from the realization that weather systems move across country boundaries; and that knowledge of pressure, temperature, precipitations, etc., upstream and downstream are needed for weather forecasting. It was superseded by the World Meteorological Organization. Every 23 March, the World Meteorological Organization commemorates the coming into force of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization on 23 March 1950. It showcases the essential contribution of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to the safety and well-being of society and is celebrated with activities around the world. Climate change is a real and undeniable threat to our entire civilization. The effects are already visible and will be catastrophic unless we act now. The theme of World Meteorological Day 2024 is therefore “At the Frontline of Climate Action.” Climate change has also affected our country. Every year, thousands of our countrymen are martyred and injured, thousands of houses are destroyed, and their living systems are affected due to climate change. Afghanistan ranked 6th among countries most vulnerable to climate change. Research by the United Nations underlines Afghanistan’s intricate challenges highlighting droughts, floods, land degradation, and declining agricultural productivity as potent threats. Due to climate change, natural events have increased several times. For example, droughts have increased, and when we face with such events, we should go for timely cultivation, go for plants that can withstand droughts and suit the climate of the region. Besides, such plants’ production is relatively good in the market. Another way to fight climate change is to go for the construction of small dams to control the surface water coming from possible floods. With climate change, it is very important to mention a few points. In fighting climate change, very little work has been done with rural communities. The climate change should be managed, and more work should be done in this area. No progress has been made in areas of fighting climate change in the country. In any case, efforts towards fighting climate change is the point that unites everyone and encourages us to work together. The current leadership of the country is committed to working in order to mitigate the possible impacts of climate change. In the recent conference on climate change in Nangarhar, a cabinet minister has asked countries for compensation due to which climatic events have occurred in the country. Mustafa Hashimi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.