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Durban, South Africa

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Monday, 5 December 2011  
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Mr Michel Jarraud, Mr Mannava Sivakumar and Ms Marie Hueze participated in the ceremony for the signing of the agreement between the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and WMO to jointly implement activities related to the assessment of renewable energy potentials. The Director-General of IRENA, Mr. Adnan Amin and the Secretary General of WMO, Mr. Michel Jarraud, signed this first agreement between IRENA and a UN agency.

     
SG WMO and DG IRENA signing MoU   Mr Michel Jarraud and Mr Adnan Amin exchanging the signed agreement between IRENA and WMO
     

The partnership brings together the WMO’s scientific knowledge and network, technical capabilities and programmes, with IRENA’s knowledge and convening power in the renewable energy area. This first agreement will provide meteorological information and scientific expertise on climate services to better serve the needs of the energy community.
Under this agreement, IRENA and WMO will exchange their publications and consult with each other on matters of mutual interest in particular on scientific, technological, regulatory and development issues.

     
Mr Michel Jarraud, Secretary General of WMO (left) and Mr Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA (right) at the "Upper Deck" of the Phantom Ship at the uShaka Marine World where the signing ceremony of the agreement between IRENA and WMO was held.   SG & DG
 
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The WMO delegation participated in the side event on the “UN System Support to Adaptation: Progress and Opportunities for Enhanced Action” which was held from 13:15 to 14:45 hrs (Flyer). Mr Michel Jarraud chaired the session and gave the opening address.

     
Speakers at the UN System Support to Adaptation Side event   Mr Michel Jarraud, Secretary General of WMO (left) and Mr Adnan Amin, Director-General of IRENA (right) at the "Upper Deck" of the Phantom Ship at the uShaka Marine World where the signing ceremony of the agreement between IRENA and WMO was held.
     

Mr Jarraud pointed out that the United Nations system collectively offers a range of tools, services and expertise to assist vulnerable countries and communities to manage climate-related risks in their efforts to achieve sustainable socioeconomic development, in particular through knowledge sharing, strengthening of technical and institutional capacities and the provision of financial and technological support. He mentioned that the UN System is currently aligning its strengths to support countries in planning, designing and implementing effective strategies and measures to address climate change, with adaptation as a key area of focus and provided four examples of ongoing joint UN activities to address these impacts.

Mr Michel Jarraud delivering the opening address at the side event on the “UN System Support to Adaptation: Progress and Opportunities for Enhanced Action”   SG at UN Side event

 

 
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Mr Filipe Lucio attended the side event on “Public Awareness and Education on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Context of a Changing Climate” which was organized by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UNISDR, Save the Children, UNICEF and Children in a Changing Climate. The event highlighted innovative good practices in education and public awareness. Concrete examples of integration of climate change and disaster risk topics into informal and formal education systems were presented. The role of traditional knowledge for effective and inclusive disaster risk reduction was highlighted.
 
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Mr Filipe Lucio also attended the side event on “Disaster Risk Reduction and People’s Resilience in Africa” which was organized by the South Africa Red Cross Society with the World Food Programe, United Nations Children’s Fund, University of North West and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The side event provided concrete examples, from different perspectives, of building resilience to reduce disaster risk. Examples of projects in Karamoja (Uganda), Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa were provided. From the various examples, one common denominator is the fact that building resilience requires modest investments, which yield very high returns.
 
 
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