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Durban, South Africa

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011  
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Mr Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General arrived in Durban in the afternoon and visited the International Conference Center. He held discussions with the members of the WMO delegation.
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Mr Jerry Lengoasa held two press conferences early in the day (a live TV interview on SABC Morning Live) preceded by a telephonic radio interview with SAfm. He gave further interviews to Climate Change TV which would be broadcast on the web on 1 December 2011 and a live radio announcement on Radio 2000.

Mr Jerry Lengoasa held meetings with various South African Agencies to explain the GFCS and to encourage early and rapid movement toward responding to the GFCS creation at national level to provide a case study of what this could look like in the developing world and in Africa specifically.

Mr Jerry Lengoasa spent time at the WMO stand and in the Weather Services stand as well as in the Local Government stand where city adaptation plans are showcased. Some former Weather Services staff are leading these processes.

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Mr Adrian Simmons gave a brief statement on funding needs for climate observation to the contact group of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) dealing with the financial mechanism of the Convention. He and Mr William Westermeyer also continued to follow discussions, as observers, at the SBSTA informal consultation on research and systematic observations.
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Mr Amir Delju kept the exhibition running through the day. In addition to regular visitors, more than 6 PRs and directors of NMHSs visited the WMO exhibition booth. He followed up discussions in the contact group on 'Informal consultations on research and systematic observations' and interacted with the liaison delegate who is coordinating the inclusion of an appropriate text to the final decision of SBSTA on research and observations.

Mr Amir Delju followed up informal consultations on Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. SBSTA has reviewed the performance of the programme and will decide on the future evolution of this initiative.

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Mr Mannava Sivakumar, Mr Adrian Simmons, Mr William Westermeyer and Mr Amir Delju attended the IPCC side event on releasing the Report of Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) held from 1315 to 1445 hrs.   IPPC Side event COP 17
    IPCC side event on releasing the Report of Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)
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Mr Mannava Sivakumar organized a planning meeting for the WMO/UNESCO Side Event on GFCS: Climate Information for Sustainable Development (to be held on 1 December).

Participants in the meeting included Mr Arthur Rolle, President of RA IV (the moderator) and Mr Abu-Zeid, Co-Chair of the High Level Task Force on GFCS and Mr Adrian Simmons (the speakers), as well as Mr Douglas Nakashima and Mr Albert Fischer (UNESCO/IOC), Mr Stephen Gold (UNDP), Mr Alberto Sandoval (FAO), Ms Marina Maiero (WHO), and Pedro Basabe (ISDR) who will be participating in the interactive panel discussion at the side event. The meeting helped develop a common understanding amongst all the participants regarding the focus of the side event and the expected outcomes.

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Mr Filipe Lucio arrived in Durban in the evening and joined the WMO delegation for discussions during dinner.













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