The First Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology in Africa will be held in Nairobi from 12 April to 16 April, at the invitation of the Government of Kenya. The first part of the Conference, from 12 to 14 April, will be a preparatory meeting of experts and partners of all sectors concerned, while the Conference of Ministers itself will take place on 15 and 16 April.
The African continent is especially affected by changes in the climate. Already, the number and magnitude of natural hazards are increasing. All sectors of activity are concerned – in particular, agriculture and food security, transport, public health, water resources management, energy and tourism.
To address those challenges, critical information must be generated and provided to decision-makers and users at all levels. The main purpose of the Conference is to recognize and contribute to strengthen the role and the contribution of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to government policies and initiatives for mitigating, and adapting to, the negative impacts of weather and climate.
The Conference Preparatory Expert Segment will bring together a broad range of decision-makers, users and providers, drawing on their experiences, to improve weather, water and climate information and services. These experiences include flood risk management in Mozambique, agrometeorology in Mali in and drought insurance in Malawi.
The Ministerial Conference is expected to endorse high level support to the expert-based Conference Statement from government representatives and to adopt a Conference Declaration for the development of weather, water and climate services in Africa.
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