Third Early Warning Conference (EWC-III)
27-29 March 2006, Bonn, Germany
The third Early Warning Conference (EWC-III), hosted by the Government of Germany under the auspices of the United Nations, was held in Bonn from 27 to 29 March 2006. The aim of the Conference is to stimulate and help with the implementation of concrete early warning activities on all continents to bridge existing gaps in early warning systems.
The Conference comprised of two parallel but connected streams:
The Conference also included other events, including a poster exhibition (opening Monday 27 at 13:00) and a series of workshops (starting Tuesday 28 at 13:00).
For more information about the Conference, please see http://www.ewc3.org.
WMO Contribution to EWC-III
WMO is the United Nations specialized scientific and technical agency responsible for coordination of global operational infrastructure for observing, monitoring, forecasting of weather-, water- and climate-related hazards in support of national early warning systems. Through its activities and as a member of the Consultative Committee of the EWC-III, WMO has contributed to the Conference in the following areas:
1. WMO Discussion Paper
WMO has prepared a discussion paper on "Early Warning Systems: Role and Contribution of the World Meteorological Organization and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services," in the context of the Third International Early Warning Conference: [English] - [French]
2. Priorities and Projects Forum (Plenary Session)
WMO submitted 12 projects to EWC III Planning Committee. Five projects have been selected through the review process adopted by EWC-III Organizing Committee to be presented during the Plenary Session, and two others have been invited to be presented at the poster Session
3. Scientific and Technical Symposium
The Secretary-General of WMO delivered the keynote speech for the opening of the Scientific and Technical Symposium (Monday 27 March 2006) on a Framework for Multi-Hazard, Multi-Purpose Early Warning Systems.
Dr. Maryam Golnaraghi, Chief of the WMO Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Programme, chaired the Multi-Hazard Approaches session of the Symposium (Monday 27 March 2006).
Several presentations from the meteorological and hydrological community have been invited for this Symposium. In the agenda, these presentations have been highlighted in pink
4. Poster Session
5. Exhibition Booth
WMO holded a booth to present its activities related to early warnings and made available background materials, brochures and posters.
WMO booth was located next to Deutscher Wetterdienst's (German Meteorological Service), in slot F2 in the exhibition hall.
6. Other WMO contributions to EWC-III
Other WMO contributions to EWC-III include a movie developed for World Meteorological Day 2006 (23 March 2006), shot at location in Bangladesh and South Africa, on early warning systems, which was displayed in the booth at EWC-III.
For more information about WMO's contribution to EWC-III, please contact:
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