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Press Release No. 878

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Geneva, 26 February 2010 (WMO) The first meeting of the High-Level Taskforce for climate services selected Jan Egeland of Norway and Mahmoud Abu-Zeid of Egypt as co-chairs.  The High Level Taskforce of independent advisers, which the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel Jarraud, was requested by a decision of the World Climate Conference-3 to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), is meeting on 25-26 February, at the WMO Headquarters in Geneva.

In September 2009, World Climate Conference-3 decided to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services to “strengthen production, availability, delivery and application of science-based climate prediction and services”. Terms of reference were recently approved, and the composition of a High-Level Taskforce of independent advisers endorsed. The newly set up Taskforce will follow up with recommendations for proposed elements of the GFCS.  Its report will be published before the next quadrennial World Meteorological Congress in May 2011.

Co-chair of the taskforce, Jan Egeland is the Executive Director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and Associate Professor at the University of Stavanger. Mr Egeland was the UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator from June 2003 to December 2006. Co-Chair Mahmoud Abu-Zeid is a water management expert who has held the position of Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation in the government of Egypt from 1997-2009. Earlier he served as the President of the National Water Research Centre in Egypt.

Members of the taskforce are Joaquim Chissano, who served as the second President of Mozambique from 1986 until 2005; Ricardo Lagos, Former President of Chile from 2000 to 2006, and Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Climate Change since May 2007; Angus Friday, (Grenada), Eugenia Kalnay (Argentina/USA), Julia Marton-Lefèvre (Hungary/France/USA), Khotso Mokhele (South Africa), Chiaki Mukai (Japan), Cristina Narbona Ruiz (Spain), Rajendra Singh Paroda (India), Qin Dahe (China), Emil Salim (Indonesia), and Fiame Naomi Mata'afa (Samoa).

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