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WMO Executive Council reviews progress and priorities for weather, climate and water services

Geneva, 22 June 2012 (WMO) – The Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) holds its annual meeting from 25 June to 3 July to review progress in the provision of critical weather, climate and water services to meet the growing needs of society.

The Council will consider WMO priorities including the Global Framework for Climate Services, which is being developed by WMO and its partners. Other priorities are: enhanced disaster risk reduction; improved observation and information systems; more efficient meteorological services for the aviation sector; and capacity-strengthening of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in developing countries.

The 37-member Council is chaired by WMO President David Grimes. The WMO is the UN’s authoritative scientific voice on weather, climate and water.

The Global Framework for Climate Services is an ambitious global initiative to promote sustainable development and help communities, in particular the most vulnerable, cope with climate variability and change.

It is intended to close the gaps in the provision of existing services and expand them to include a further 70 developing countries which currently have few or no climate services.

It promises to unleash the full potential of billions of dollars invested in climate observation systems, research, and information management systems. This will yield massive benefits to the community, especially in disaster risk management, improved water management, sustainable agriculture and health protection.

The Council will review progress in the development of the Framework by WMO and other U.N. partners. The first ever Extraordinary session of the World Meteorological Congress will be held 29-31 October 2012 to decide on the implementation plan, the governance model and the process of implementing the Framework including financing options.

Disaster risk reduction will become even more important as the frequency and intensity of extreme events such as droughts and floods is expected to increase as a result of climate change which will have an impact on water supplies and food security.

Council will consider progress in implementing WMO’s strategic priorities on disaster risk reduction including Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems, hazard/risk assessment, and financial risk transfer schemes as well as the challenge of working more closely with other UN System partners as it achieves these priorities.

It will also discuss how to advance scientific research and its application to enable the provision of better weather, climate, water and related environmental information and warnings.

Observing and Information Systems: Council will consider progress in implementing the newly operational WMO Information System, which is a pillar of the WMO strategy for managing, moving and accessing weather, water and climate information in the 21st century.

It will also assess progress towards the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS). Described as “Our Planet’s Future Hub for Weather, Climate and Water Observations,” WIGOS will contribute to a better understanding of our environment. This is essential for meeting the observational needs of the Global Framework for Climate Services, disaster risk reduction and aeronautical meteorology, amongst others.

Aeronautical Meteorological Services: The rapid growth in air traffic requires increased levels of aeronautical meteorological services. The WMO Council will assess progress in meeting the growing needs of the aviation sector and improving the quality and delivery of meteorological services to promote the safety, regularity and efficiency of international air navigation.

It will focus on implementation of Quality Management Systems and staff competency standards, and meeting new requirements of national or regionalized Air Traffic Management Systems to meet the changing needs of the aviation industry.

 

Capacity-Development: Given that weather, water and climate know no geographical boundaries, failure to build capacity of NMHSs in developing countries has an impact all over the world.

The Council will consider a draft cross-cutting Capacity Development Strategy to enhance the capability of NMHSs, especially in developing countries, to fulfil their mandate.

Notes to Editors:

The Executive Council is the executive body of WMO, which meets annually, monitors implementation of the decisions of the WMO Congress, coordinates the programmes, examines the utilization of budgetary resources, considers and takes action on recommendations of regional associations and technical commissions and guides their work programme.

The WMO Executive Council is composed of 37 members and is open to all WMO Members.

Full details of the agenda

 

The World Meteorological Organization is the United Nations System’s authoritative voice on   Weather, Climate and Water

For more information please contact:

Clare Nullis, Media Officer, Communications and Public Affairs,
Tel: +(41 22) 730 8478; 41-79) 7091397 (cell)

e mail: cnullis(at)wmo.int

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