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High-Level Taskforce (HLT)

Following the decision of the World Climate Conference-3 to establish the GFCS a taskforce of high-level independent advisors (HLT) was appointed through an intergovernmental process to prepare a report that was to include recommendations on the proposed elements of the GFCS and the next steps for its implementation.

The report of the HLT was endorsed by the Sixteenth Session of the World Meteorological Congress (Geneva, 16 May to 3 June 2011, report), which entrusted the WMO with the responsibility of developing the Implementation Plan and draft Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure for the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services (IBCS) and its substructures.

Executive Council Task Team

The Executive Council Task Team, chaired by the president of WMO, Dr David Grimes from Canada, was appointed to develop the GFCS Implementation Plan and draft Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure. The Task Team led the process, involving appropriate consultations with governments, UN and international agencies, key institutions and stakeholders.

In addition, consultations on the main components of the GFCS – the user interface platform, climate services information system, observation and monitoring, research, modelling and prediction, and capacity development – were conducted to facilitate discussion of key issues related to the production, availability, delivery and application of climate services. Thus, the implementation plan and governance mechanism of the GFCS would reflect the true aspirations of stakeholders.

In July 2011, WMO established a GFCS Project Office within the Secretariat to support these processes and prepare for the Extraordinary Session of the World Meteorological Congress.

The Extraordinary Session of the World Meteorological Congress (Geneva, October 2012, report):
  1. Adopted the draft Implementation Plan of the GFCS for the subsequent consideration by the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services;
  2. Established the intergovernmental Board on Climate Services as an additional body accountable to the World Meteorological Congress under article 8(h) of the Convention of the WMO;
  3. And approved the Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure of the intergovernmental Board on Climate Services.

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