AMCOMET Newsletter 002

20 December 2013
In the News

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In the picture (left) Dr. Elena Manaenkova, Assistant Secretary General WMO and Dr. Gabriel Abebe, Director of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the AUC at CCDA-III;

AMCOMET Bureau Members

Chair:  Zimbabwe
First Vice Chair:  Central African Republic
Second Vice Chair:  Tunisia
Third Vice Chair:  The Gambia
Rapporteur:  Uganda

In the picture, Zimbabwe Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Hon. Saviour Kasukuwere and Dr. Elena Manaenkova, Assistant Secretary General WMO at CCDA-III.

AMCOMET Task Force Members

We are pleased to present the composition for various AMCOMET Task Forces.

Constitution:  Zambia, Ethiopia, Tchad, Mauritania, and Morocco

Implementation Plan of the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology:  Namibia, Sudan, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, and Tunisia

African Space Programme:  Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Algeria

High-level support for the AMCOMET process

H. E. Rhoda Tumusiime Peace, Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission and Dr. Elena Manaenkova, Assistant Secretary-General of the WMO consult on a regular basis to discuss AMCOMET matters, most recently in October 2013 in Addis Ababa and in November 2013 during COP19 in Warsaw.

Their unwavering support is crucial to the success of AMCOMET.

On-going Activities

The Task Forces are operational and are working very hard to facilitate the decisions taken during the Second Session of AMCOMET and endorsed by the AU Summit of Heads of States.

Experts have been engaged to develop the Implementation Plan for the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services) and the feasibility of establishing a Regional Climate Centre in Central Africa.  The experts are consulting with relevant stakeholders in the region.

Task Force Members of the Constitution are also consulting with their sub-regions for feedback on the AMCOMET Constitution and Rules of Procedures.  Please nte that comments are due back 31 January 2014.

The AMCOMET Bureau Chair and Task Force Members of the African Space Programme are collaborating with the African Union Commission and WMO to support on the development of the African Space Strategy.  

Please do contact the AMCOMET Secretariat if you need complementary information.

Upcoming Events

The following events are expected to take place early 2014:

  • Expert meeting for the development of the Implementation Plan for the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services)
  • Task Force Meeting for the AMCOMET Constitution and Rules of Procedures
  • AMCOMET Bureau Meeting

Please consult our website regularly or contact the AMCOMET Secretariat for the latest updates.  

Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services)

The Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services) was approved during the Second Session of AMCOMET and subsequently endorsed by the African Union Heads of States in January 2013.  

The strategy positions weather and climate services as essential components in national and regional development frameworks in Africa.  It aims to serve as a framework for integrated and coordinated mechanisms in streamlining programmes and policies that address challenges and opportunities associated with the development of adequate weather and climate services at national and regional levels.  

Its objective is to enhance cooperation between African countries and to strengthen the capabilities of NMHSs, and serves as one of the key mechanisms for the implementation of a structured GFCS in Africa.  It further provides a platform for the recognition and visibility of weather and climate services, building on existing related programmes.  

Please follow these links for the English and French versions of the document.