Call for Nominations for the Open Panels of CCl Experts (OPACEs)
What is an OPACE?
At its fifteenth session in 2010 the Commission for Climatology (CCI) recognized the need to be flexible and adaptive to new priorities to support its work including the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and the associated WMO commitments.
As a result, CCl decided to establish Open Panel of CCI Experts (OPACEs) in key thematic areas to facilitate broader and more flexible participation of experts in the activities of the Commission. The open membership approach for the entire intersessional period helps to enhance the accomplishment of CCl results through improved performance and a broader expert base. The OPACEs promote the use of quality management principles in facilitating wider participation, liaising with users, reporting mechanisms and publication processes.
The Commission for Climatology Management Group has proposed to continue with the concept of OPACEs for consideration at its sixteenth session in 2014 in five thematic areas.
What are the advantages of joining OPACEs
OPACEs enhance the participation of experts to cover the broader scope of the new CCl structure. This is the main route through which volunteers with expertise in one of more of the key subject areas can contribute to WMO CCl activities. Experts nominated for OPACEs are considered for inclusion in the various expert teams and task teams established as part of the CCl working structure.
Active participation and contributions of experts facilitates consideration of latest science and technology developments and forms better policies, standards and practices. Active participation in OPACEs and their constituent teams is also a major avenue for international networking and capacity development.
WMO has already issued circular letters to the Permanent Representatives (PRs) of all WMO Members, inviting nominations. Links to copies of these letters and their annexes in five official languages of WMO are provided below, which have more details on the OPACEs and the nomination procedure.
Nominations are to be submitted on the prescribed forms to WMO, with due endorsement of the PRs of the respective countries with WMO. Although these nominations can be submitted throughout the intersessional period, experts are encouraged to have them submitted before June 20, 2014 to enable consideration during the constitution of the teams at the CCl-16 session (3-8 July 2014).
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Circular letters sent to the Permanent Representatives:
Proposed composition of Open Panels of CCl Experts (OPACEs)
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