Region V News
JICA to fund training in the Pacific
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through its Third Country Training Programme will continue to provide training in the field of meteorology for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories during the period from 2010 to 2012. JICA and the Government of Fiji have agreed for the Fiji Meteorological Service/Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre Nadi - Tropical Cyclone Centre (RSMC Nadi) to organize the training courses. Participants are from: Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The programme duration is for a three-year period from 2010 to 2012.
Fifteenth session of RA V, Bali, Indonesia, 30 April - 6 May 2010
At the kind invitation of the Government of Indonesia, Regional Association V (South-West Pacific) held its fifteenth session (XV-RA V) in Bali, Indonesia, from 30 April to 6 May 2010 with the attendance of 20 out of 22 Members in RA V, three Members outside of the Region and three international/regional organizations.
The Association decided to attach the highest priority for the Region to: (a) improved end-to-end Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS); (b) improved infrastructure (data and information services) for weather, climate and water; (c) better climate services; (d) sustainable aviation services; and (e) capacity building.
The Association approved a total of eight resolutions, agreed on the new working mechanism of the Association in alignment with the WMO and RA V regional Expected Results, and established four Working Groups on: Hydrological Services; Climate Services; Weather Services; and Infrastructure, as well as the Tropical Cyclone Committee for the South Pacific and South-East Indian Ocean (TCC) and the Management Group.
The Association adopted the Strategic Plan for the Enhancement of NMHSs in RA V (2010-2011); and agreed to develop the Regional Strategic Operating Plan (SOP) for the period 2012–2015 and to contribute to the WMO Monitoring and Evaluation process.
The Association elected Mrs Sri Woro B. Harijono (Indonesia) as president and Mr ‘Ofa Fa’anunu (Tonga) as vice-president of WMO Regional Association V (South-West Pacific).
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