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26 April 2013



Regional Association for North, Central America and Caribbean sets priorities

Outgoing president Arthur Rolle passes the hammer to incoming president Juan Carlos Fallas-Sojo

WMO’s Regional Association IV (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) met 12-19 April 2013 in Curaçao to agree on priority work areas for the next four years to strengthen weather, climate and water services .

Juan Carlos Fallas-Sojo (Costa Rica) was elected president to succeed Arthur Rolle (Bahamas). Albert Martis (Curaçao) was elected vice President.

Regional Association IV has 27 members, including Small Island Developing Nations, which are impacted by hazards such as tropical cyclones and vulnerable to climate change.

WMO has six Regional Associations to promote regional cooperation and partnerships to solve problems, especially through the strengthening of end-to-end early warning systems, and collaboration in preparedness planning and relief operations.

Discussions at the meeting included lessons learned from the devastation caused by
Hurricane Sandy, as well as progress in rehabilitating Haiti’s national meteorological
and hydrological services, which were destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.

The meeting adopted a Regional Strategic Operating Plan for 2016-2019, as well as the
implementation plan for the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS).

Priorities for the region for 2016-2019 include:

• Meeting Quality Management System and staff competency requirements set by the International Civil Aviation Authority
• Responding to emerging needs in marine meteorology, including hurricane forecasting;
• Establishing an optimal network of regional and national climate centers to implement the Global Framework for Climate Services on a sustainable basis, particularly with regard to Disaster Risk Reduction
• Completion of the implementation of the WMO Information System and the WMO Integrated Global Observing System

The meeting also confirmed the establishment of three working groups on management,
hydrology and water resources, and hurricanes to coordinate work in the respective areas.









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