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WMO at UNFCCC/COP 17
Durban, South Africa

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Friday, 2 December 2011  
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Mr Michel Jarraud hosted a working breakfast for all the PRs and delegates from NMHSs attending COP 17. The event was well attended and more than 45 PRs or their deputies participated.
     
Participants in the working breakfast hosted by Secretary-General   Participants in the working breakfast hosted by Secretary-General
     
CEO of South African Weather Service, Dr Linda Makuleni (left) and Mr Michel Jarraud (right) at the working breakfast   CEO of South African Weather Service, Dr Linda Makuleni (left) and Mr Michel Jarraud (right) at the working breakfast
     
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The breakfast was followed by a visit to the Stand of the South African Weather Service (SAWS) in the Exhibition Center (Climate Change Response Expo) and a large group visited the SAWS Stand.
CEO of South African Weather Service, Dr Linda Makuleni and Mr Jerry Lengoasa at the stand of the South African Weather Service in the CCR Expo DSG
CEO of South African Weather Service, Dr Linda Makuleni and Mr Jerry Lengoasa at the stand of the South African Weather Service in the CCR Expo

Mr Michel Jarraud delivered a message to thank and congratulate the CEO of SAWS, Dr Linda Makuleni and her very skilled team for an outstanding presentation of the activities of the SAWS.

The participants were particularly impressed by the education programme designed by SAWS which was also visited by many groups of school children with their teachers. The exhibition displays two different environments (desert and tropical climate) to help the youngs better understand the consequences of climate change.

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Mr Mannava Sivakumar attended the coordination meeting at 1000 hrs for the organization of the side event on “Multistakeholder Collaboration to Reinforce Adaptation Opportunities for African Pastoral Indigenous People”. Participants in the meeting included Mr Douglas Nakashima, Chief, Local & Indigenous Knowledge Systems, UNESCO, Mr Adama Alhassane Diallo, Director General, African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD), Mr Johnson Cerda, Indigenous Advisor, Conservation International and Mr Nigel Crawhall, Director of Secretariat, Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC).

Coordination meeting for the organization of the side event on Multistakeholder Collaboration to Reinforce Adaptation Opportunities for African Pastoral Indigenous People (from left to right: Mr Johnson Cerda, Mr Douglas Nakashima, Mr Mannava Sivakumar, Mr Adama Alhassane Diallo, facing: Mr Nigel Crawhall)  
Coordination meeting for the organization of the side event on Multistakeholder Collaboration to Reinforce Adaptation Opportunities for African Pastoral Indigenous People (from left to right: Mr Johnson Cerda, Mr Douglas Nakashima, Mr Mannava Sivakumar, Mr Adama Alhassane Diallo, facing: Mr Nigel Crawhall)  

 

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Mr Michel Jarraud and Mr Mannava Sivakumar attended the preparatory meeting at 15:00 hrs for the Side Event on “UN System Support to Adaptation: Progress and Opportunities for Enhanced Action” which will be held on 5 December 2011. This side event will be chaired by Mr Michel Jarraud and a number of organizational aspects of the side event were discussed at this preparatory meeting.

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Mr Amir Delju followed up discussions in contact group on Research and Systematic Observations. At noontime, he attended the UNFCCC organized side event titled ‘Updates from climate change science – special focus: Africa. The meeting had brought scientists and experts UK Met. Office and from international and regional research programmes and organizations which presented latest information from climate change research on downscaling skills and their applications to climate sensitive sectors, especially in Africa.

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Mr Amir Delju attended a second side even titled ‘Advances in climate modelling for improved decision support systems’ organized by NOAA and NCAR/UCAR in the US Pavilion. The meeting provided highly informative presentations on the development and use of high-resolution climate models to advance climate research, to improve ability to predict future climate, and to inform decision-support systems for a wide range of applications.

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Mr Filipe Lucio attended the "World Bank and Mozambique: Launch of open data for climate change initiative" from 11:00 to 11:30. This was a press briefing intended to provide information about an initiative to promote a portal to facilitate access and exchange of climate data for improving knowledge on climate change. The initiative is being financed by the World Bank and implemented by the ministry of environment of Mozambique. More information is available at: http://sdwebx.worldbank.org/climateportal

The initiative involves a competition for the development of climate applications which will bring together software developers and development practitioners to use the data made available through the portal in the creation of innovative software applications addressing climate change. More information at: worldbank.org/appsforclimate

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Mr Adrian Simmons and Mr William Westermeyer continued to monitor developments related to the Research and Systematic Observations agenda item of SBSTA and the SBI item on the Financial Mechanism of the Convention as it relates to Systematic Observations. They attended the GEO Side Event on Forest Carbon Monitoring. And they also discussed observation issues with UNEP, one of the co-sponsors of GCOS.

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Mr Mannava Sivakumar made a presentation on “Adaptation Opportunities for African Pastoral Indigenous Peoples: Global Framework for Climate Services” at the side event on “Multistakeholder Collaboration to Reinforce Adaptation Opportunities for African Pastoral Indigenous People” organized by the IPACC from 20:15 to 21:45 hrs (Flyer). WMO co-sponsored the side event.

Side event on “Multistakeholder Collaboration to Reinforce Adaptation Opportunities for African Pastoral Indigenous People” (from left to right:  Mr Johnson Cerda,  Mr Mannava Sivakumar, Mr Douglas Nakashima, Miss Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Mr Adama Alhassane Diallo) Side event on “Multistakeholder Collaboration to Reinforce Adaptation Opportunities for African Pastoral Indigenous People” (from left to right: Mr Johnson Cerda, Mr Mannava Sivakumar, Mr Douglas Nakashima, Miss Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Mr Adama Alhassane Diallo)
   


 

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