The Humanitarian TT is comprised of experts from three WMO Technical Commissions including the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS), the Commission for Climatology (CCl), and the Commission for Hydrology (CHy) and eight United Nations and international humanitarian agencies including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Programme (UNOSAT), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).
The overall goal of the Humanitarian TT is to develop meteorological, hydrological and climate information products and services from the WMO operational network of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), WMO Regional Specialized Meteorological Centres (RSMCs) and Regional Climate Centres (RCCs) to the humanitarian agencies to support national and regional contingency planning and response.
- Short term: The Humanitarian TT will make recommendations for concrete pilot projects to develop prototype products and services targeted at the needs and requirements of the humanitarian agencies that could be delivered by NMHSs, RSMCs and RCCs. It is expected that such prototypes will be developed and demonstrated as part of WMO disaster risk reduction projects undergoing in a number of regions such as Central America and the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Africa.
- Long term: Develop a systematic mechanism for identifying and responding to the needs and requirements of the humanitarian agencies with respect to meteorological, hydrological and climate information and services, through the WMO operational network.
- To date, the Humanitarian TT has held two meetings of which the first included: (i) a brainstorming on meteorological services for improved humanitarian emergency contingency planning and response was held at the WMO headquarters on 17 April 2009 with experts from the Humanitarian Agencies (HAs) and the WMO. The report of the meeting includes some preliminary findings on the needs of HAs for weather and climate information, which has been used to inform the current report. (ii) the First Meeting of the Humanitarian TT held at the WMO headquarters, from 31 August to 2 September 2010.