WMO at COP 17 world map
Home >> WMO at COP 17

Durban, South Africa

  COP 17 logo
Tuesday, 29 December 2011  
Host country Website

Mr Jerry Lengoasa addressed the Press Conference for the release of the WMO Provisional Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2011 (Press Release). He was joined by Dr Linda Makuleni, the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Weather Service (SAWS) and the Permanent Representative of South Africa with WMO and Prof. Lawrence Dube, SWAS. A detailed statement on the status of global climate (attached) was provided to the journalists who attended the press conference.

The event was very well attended and the strong interest of the press in the statement was evidenced by the interesting questions during the conference and also more than ten interviews which Mr Lengoasa gave at the end of the press conference.

Press conference status of the global climate
Press Conference for the release of the WMO Provisional Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2011 (from left to right: Mr Lawrence Dube; Ms Linda Makuleni; and Mr Jerry Lengoasa).
green line
Exhibition booth   WMO has established an exhibition booth, jointly with SAWS (photo) to showcase the publications and contribution of scientific and meteorological community to climate observations, monitoring and prediction process. The exhibition booth also provides information to visitors and delegates on the role of WMO and NMHSs in the adaptation activities. In addition to WMO programmes, informative materials from other co-sponsored programmes such as the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Global Observing System (GCOS) are being distributed at the WMO booth. Thanks to SAWS, at the COP 17, for the first time, the WMO booth is equipped with a screen which displays online/real time satellite images and weather forecast products for informing the delegates about current weather. At the WMO booth, Mr Lengoasa gave an interview to Thompson Reuters TV on the WMO Provisional Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2011 and interviews to two radio channels (South Africa and USA).
WMO/SAWS Exhibition Booth at COP 17 (from left to right: Mr Mannava Sivakumar; Mr Amir Delju; Ms Marie Heuze; and Mr van der Merwe, SAWS)    
green line
Mr Lengoasa attended the Event on the International Conference on Climate Services, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and organized at the US Center Durban 2011 from 1300 to 1430 hrs.
green line
Mr Adrian Simmons and Mr William Westermeyer monitored the SBI discussions on financing systematic observations. Switzerland made a statement strongly supporting funding for systematic observations. Switzerland also strongly backed the GFCS. GCOS will make a statement in the contact group formed to further consider these matters on Wednesday, 30 December.
green line
Mr Adrian Simmons and Mr William Westermeyer represented GCOS at SBSTA's first informal consultation on research and systematic observation. Although the meeting was focused on the research agenda, delegates highlighted the importance of systematic observation for research, and the need for strengthening observational networks for weather and coastal marine ecosystems. Delegates also identified the Global Framework for Climate Services as an important initiative that will underpin science-based adaptation planning and practices, ensuring that countries are better equipped to meet the challenges of climate variability and change.
green line

Mr Mannava Sivakumar, Mr Adrian Simmons, Mr William Westermeyer and Mr Amir Delju attended the Fifth Focal Point Forum of the Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change which was held from 18:00 to 21:00 hrs. Brief presentations were made on three themes:

  • Making use of strategic communication for adaptation,
  • Technical support for national adaptation plans and
  • Applying monitoring and evaluation approaches.

Dr Kanta Kumari Rigaud of World Bank, facilitator of the second theme on Technical support for national adaptation plans emphasized the importance of User Interface Platform of GFCS in the technical support area. Later the participants attended the break-out group meetings on the three themes. WMO delegation participated in the deliberations of the second break-out group on Technical support for national adaptation plans and shared information on how the implementation of GFCS can provide strong technical support for national adaptation plans.

green line
Monday 28 November 2011    













World Meteorological Organization, 7bis, avenue de la Paix, CP No. 2300, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland - Tel.: +41(0)22 730 81 11 - Fax: +41(0)22 730 81 81
Disclaimer | UN System | Accessibility


  Extranet Homepage Website Public Comms