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WMO Executive Councilsummary of outcomes of the sixty-third session

(Geneva, 6–8 June 2011)


The sixty-third session of the Executive Council was held from 6 to 8 June 2011 in the WMO Headquarters, under the chairmanship of D. Grimes, President of the World Meteorological Organization.

The Council considered major issues as required by the Sixteenth World Meteorological (Cg-XVI) and established its working structure, comprising of panels of experts, working groups, task teams and committees, with terms to address them as follows. Terms of reference and membership.

It was agreed to establish the following Executive Council new subsidiary bodies:

EC Task Team on a Global Framework on Climate Services:
The Council recalled the decision of Cg-XVI to entrust the WMO Executive Council with development of a draft Implementation Plan for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and to draft Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure for the Intergovernmental Board and its substructures based on the Implementation Plan. The Council therefore decided to establish a new EC Task Team (ECTT) on GFCS. It agreed that the ECTT GFCS will be chaired by the President of WMO and include the First and Third Vice-Presidents in its core membership. The Task Team will ensure the close involvement of relevant EC bodies and presidents of technical commissions, the Chair of the Joint Scientific Committee of the WCRP, and the Chair of the GCOS Steering Committee in the conduct of its work;

EC Working Group on Service Delivery:
Following the Cg-XVI decision, the Council decided to establish a Working Group on Service Delivery with disaster risk reduction as a priority.

It was agreed to re-establish with amended terms of references the following Executive Council subsidiary bodies:

EC Panel of Experts on Polar Observations, Research and Services:
Following the Cg-XVI decision to embark on a decadal endeavour towards a Global Integrated Polar Prediction System (GIPPS), to approve the WMO participation in the International Polar Decade (IPD), should this initiative be endorsed by relevant international organizations as key stakeholders to build on the solid foundation that IPY has established, and to embark on the development of the Global Cryosphere Watch with a view to an operational, the Council agreed that these new initiatives fall naturally under the purview of EC-PORS, which should be re-established with the new terms of reference and should present to EC-LXIV an updated plan of its activities for the period till Cg-XVII, and requested the Secretary-General to put in place an appropriate mechanism in the Secretariat to ensure optimal management of, and support to, the initiatives, including necessary financial resources;

EC Working Group on WMO Strategic and Operational Planning:
Cg-XVI requested the Council to organize a planning process for the period 2016-2019 that takes into account lessons learnt from the previous planning phases. The Council therefore requested the EC Working Group on WMO Strategic and Operational Planning to implement the following initiatives including the development of a simplified documentation for constituent body sessions and the establishment of a mechanism that facilitates joint implementation of projects and activities of mutual interest to ensure the feeding of the priorities from the regional associations into the work programmes of the technical commissions. Recognizing the continuous improvement of the processes and practices of the WMO’s constituent bodies and its Secretariat as a long term activity, the Council requested the Group to develop specific proposals for review at Cg XVII, which may include changes to the General Regulations or the WMO Convention as necessary;

EC Working Group on Climate and Related Weather, Water and Environmental Matters:
Important climate-related matters included the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and a restructured World Climate Programme. The Council agreed that, in addition to guiding these activities central to WMO’s climate responsibilities, it is critical to coordinate climate related activities among the various WMO Programmes to adequately consider and cover the climate and related weather, water and environmental matters. Therefore it agreed to re-establish the ECWG-CWE during the sixteenth financial period, considering the enhanced focus on WMO’s climate activities in addressing the emerging needs of GFCS implementation;

Audit Committee:
Under the guidance of its Chair, the Audit Committee had developed revised Terms of Reference and procedure of appointment of its members for consideration by the Council. The Council followed the Audit Committee recommendations. It expressed the opinion that the work of the Audit Committee benefits from technical and operational knowledge of both the World Meteorological Organization and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, and encouraged qualified EC members to consider seeking appointment to the Audit Committee.

It was agreed to maintain the following Executive Council subsidiary bodies:

EC Panel of Experts on Education and Training;

EC Advisory Panel of Experts on Gender Mainstreaming;

EC Working Group on Capacity Development (former EC WG on Capacity Building):
Considering the importance of providing guidance and oversight during the development and subsequent implementation of the Capacity Development Strategy requested by Cg XVI, and building on the work of the Executive Council Working Group on Capacity Building, the Council agreed to continue with the Group and to rename it Executive Council Working Group on Capacity Development in order to prepare a draft crosscutting Capacity Development Strategy to be approved by the Executive Council at its sixty-fourth session;

WMO Staff Pension Committee.

It was agreed to maintain the following selection committees for WMO awards and prizes:

Selection Committee for the IMO Prize;

Selection Committee for the WMO Research Award for Young Scientists;

Selection Committee for the Professor Dr Vilho Väisälä Award;

Selection Committee for the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award.

The Council also established the following focal points:

Focal Points will be EC members in charge of following the activities of the WMO in a specific domain and report back to EC. To facilitate their work, they may be invited to participate in an ex officio, observer or expert capacity in relevant meetings, especially of working structures of constituent bodies:

Focal Point on Quality Management:
In view of the high degree of urgency associated with supporting the implementation of QMS by Members in their services for international civil aviation, driven by ICAO’s deadline of 15 November 2012, the Council requested the president of the Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology to establish a Task Team on QMS implementation and decided to designate the Second Vice-President of WMO, Prof. M. Ostojski as its focal point on QMS and ex-officio member of the CAeM Task Team with a view to establishing how best this work can be expanded to other activity areas and bodies, where requirements for QMS are currently emerging, and, if necessary, to propose a suitable mechanism for addressing these for consideration by EC-LXIV as requested by Cg XVI.

Focal Point on WIGOS;

Focal Point on Research;

Focal Point on Climate, Food and Water:
In view of the longstanding experience and expertise in climate, water and agricultural meteorology needed to be optimally utilized in addressing climate, agriculture/food and water issues, Cg-XVI asked the Council to set up a Joint CCl/CAgM/CHy Expert Group on Climate Food and Water (JCEG-CFW), which should work in close collaboration with other relevant stakeholders and contribute to the User Interface Platform of the GFCS for food and water sectors. Considering the fact that the Executive Council Working Group on Climate and related Weather, Water and Environmental Matters (ECWG-CWE) and the JCEG-CFW have important cross-cutting aspects to their work, the Council further decided that a member of the ECWG-CWE would be entrusted with the responsibility of acting as its Focal Point to interact with JCEG-CFW.

It was agreed to maintain the following other bodies reporting to the Executive Council:

Joint WMO/IOC/ICSU Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme;

Steering Committee for the Global Climate Observing System;

Meetings of Presidents of Technical Commissions;

Meetings of Presidents of Regional Associations;

WMO Consultative Meetings on High-level Policy on Satellite Matters;

Intercommission Task Team on Quality Management Framework.

The Council also agreed to establish the

Inter-Commission Coordination Group on WIGOS:
Following the Cg-XVI decision to establish the Inter-Commission Coordination Group on WIGOS (ICG-WIGOS) with representatives of regional associations and international partner organizations, the Council determined appropriate Terms of Reference for the new ICG-WIGOS, expressed its requirements and desired schedule for the development, review and approval of the WIGOS Implementation Plan (WIP).


Budget for 2012-2013 biennium

  • On the basis of the decision by Congress, the sixty-third session of the Executive Council approved the biennium budget for the period 2012-2013: a regular budget appropriation of CHF 138,000,000 and an estimate of CHF 89,100,000 from voluntary contributions;
  • The Council noted that the Extraordinary Session of Congress on the Global Framework for Climate Services in 2012, as approved by Cg-XVI, is to be funded primarily from voluntary contributions. In preparation for this, the Extraordinary Session might be preceded by a technical conference.


General and administrative matters

Fifty-sixth IMO Prize
The Council awarded the fifty-sixth IMO Prize to Professor Aksel C. Wiin-Nielsen (Denmark), who had passed away after his nomination.

Other awards
The Council conferred the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International 2012Award on Drs C. Yi, D. Ricciuto, R. Li, J. Wolbeck, X. Xu, M. Nilsson and 145 other authors for their paper entitled “Climate control of terrestrial carbon exchange across biomes and continents” published in Environmental Research Letters in 2010, Volume 5;

The Council conferred the 2011 WMO Research Award for Young Scientists upon Mr Rudi van der Ent from the Netherlands for the paper entitled "Origin and fate of atmospheric moisture over continents" by van der Ent, R.J., H.H.G. Savenije, B. Schaefli, and S.C. Steele-Dunne (2010) published in Water Resources Research, Vol. 46, W09525, 12pp

World Meteorological Day theme
The Council decided that the theme for the World Meteorological Day in 2013 would be “Weather and climate: engaging youth”, with flexibility for translation into other languages.


Financial matters

The Council considered and approved the audited financial statements of the World Meteorological Organization for the year 2010 for which the External Auditor of the United Kingdom has issued an unqualified opinion;

The Council decided to appoint the Director of the Swiss Federal Audit Office and Auditor-General of Switzerland to serve as the External Auditor of WMO as from 1 July 2012 for a term of office to terminate on 30 June 2016;

The Council requested the Secretary-General and the Audit Committee to define a formal process for the future selection and appointment of the External Auditor which would include appropriate selection criteria and incorporate best practice principles where appropriate.


Risk Management

The Council approved the WMO risk management policy and engaged constituent bodies in developing an organizational-wide risk management framework. It requested the Audit Committee to continue to consider the adequacy and development of risk management processes in the Organization and to keep it informed.


Internal matters of the Executive Council

The Council reviewed the “Rules of Procedure of the Executive Council” and agreed to amend Rule 16 (b) and (e) regarding the process of election by correspondence of acting EC members with the purpose to ensure proper consultation within the Region(s) concerned.

Date and place of the sixty-fourth and sixty-fifth sessions of the Executive Council

The Executive Council agreed that its sixty-fourth session would be held at the WMO Headquarters from Monday, 18 to Thursday, 28 June 2012, and also agreed that its sixty-fifth session will be held at the WMO Headquarters from Monday, 27 May to Thursday, 6 June 2013.




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