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Wednesday, 7 December 2011  
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The WMO Secretary-General participated in the High-level panel at the Open Dialogue on “The United Nations System Delivering as One on Climate Change: Helping Countries to Implement the Cancún Agreements” from 1315 to 1445 hrs (programme). This high-level event of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board (CEB) focussed on four sub-themes: enhancing readiness and technical assistance for climate finance; building capacity for adaptation in LDCs, SIDS and other vulnerable countries; enhancing technology transfer; and capitalizing on the opportunities of moving towards a green economy. The event was moderated by Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP. The event was opened by Ms Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC.

The ministers on the panel in the Open Dialogue included H.E. Ms. Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India; H.E. Mr. Corrado Clini, Minister of Environment, Land and Sea, Italy; H.E. Mr. John Michuki, Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources, Kenya; and H.E. Mr. Ali’ioaigi Feturi Elisaia, Permanent Representative of Samoa to the United Nations.

Heads of UN Agencies included Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme; Mr. Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization; Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization and Ms. Rachel Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable Development, The World Bank.

In his remarks, Mr Michel Jarraud highlighted how the UN Agencies are acting together in developing the detailed implementation plan for the four priority sectors of the GFCS ie., agriculture and food security; water; health and disaster risk reduction.

In his concluding remarks, Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of UN said “The Global Framework for Climate Service is a new initiative that will enable us to better gauge the pulse of the planet. Armed with this information, communities can make more informed decisions about how to adapt for changing climate”.

     
Participants in the high-level event of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board (CEB) (from left: Mr. Achim Steiner, Ms. Rachel Kyte, H.E. Mr. Ali’ioaigi Feturi Elisaia, Ms. Helen Clark, H.E. Mr. John Michuki, Mr Michel Jarraud, H.E. Mr. Corrado Clini and Mr. Kandeh Yumkella)   Participants in the high-level event of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board (CEB) (from left: Mr. Achim Steiner, Ms. Rachel Kyte, H.E. Mr. Ali’ioaigi Feturi Elisaia, Ms. Helen Clark, H.E. Mr. John Michuki, Mr Michel Jarraud, H.E. Mr. Corrado Clini and Mr. Kandeh Yumkella)
     
     
A view of the audience during the CEB high level segment   A view of the audience during the CEB high level segment
 

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Mr Michel Jarraud and Ms Elena Manaenkova attended the working breakfast of the UN-Energy, an inter-agency mechanism under HLCP. The chair of UN-Energy Mr Umkella summarized the progress and activities and emphasized the UNSG vision for Sustainable Energy for All, which was recently released. In the course of the discussion of the concept and the plan of action towards innovative, efficient and accessible energy, Mr Jarraud emphasized the need of hydro-meteorological observations and the role of NMHSs for mapping wind, solar and other renewable energy resources. Action by WMO is required in efforts to generate such standardised and regular products.

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Mr Michel Jarraud, Ms Elena Manaenkova and Mr Mannava Sivakumar participated in the South African Weather Service (SAWS) and WMO Side Event on “Development of Early Warning Systems to aid Climate Change Adaptation in Southern Africa” from 1530 to 1730 hrs (programme). Deputy Minister Mrs. Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Ministry of Water and Environmental Affairs, South Africa; Ms Agnes L. Kijazi, Director General of the Tanzania Meteorological Agency and Chair of the Meteorological Association of Southern Africa (MASA), Mr Michel Jarraud and Mr Eugene Poolman of SAWS participated in the event which was moderated by Ms Linda Makuleni, CEO of SAWS and PR of South Africa with WMO. Mr Mannava Sivakumar made a presentation on “Early Warning Systems” with particular focus on early warning systems for drought at this side event.

 
     
Participants in the panel discussion during the South African Weather Service (SAWS) and WMO Side Event on Development of Early Warning Systems to aid Climate Change Adaptation in Southern Africa (from left: Ms Agnes L. Kijazi, Mrs. Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Mr Mannava Sivakumar and Mr Eugene Poolman)   Participants in the panel discussion during the South African Weather Service (SAWS) and WMO Side Event on “Development of Early Warning Systems to aid Climate Change Adaptation in Southern Africa” (from left: Ms Agnes L. Kijazi, Mrs. Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Mr Mannava Sivakumar and Mr Eugene Poolman)
     
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Mr Mannava Sivakumar attended the “Briefing on Rio+20 Preparations” which was held from 1830 to 2000 hrs. Mr Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development briefed the delegates about the Rio+20 preparations. Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado of the Government of Brazil and Mr José Solla, Deputy Secretary of the National Organizing Committee in Brazil provided useful information on the preparations from the host country for the event.

 
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Mr Amir Delju attended the High Level segment where Ministers delivered their statements. Overall, 63 ministers have made their statements. Among them, Minister of Spatial Planning and Environment of Algeria (Mr Cherif Rahmani) and Minister of Environment of Spatial Planning of Slovenia (Mr Roko Zarnic), mentioned WMO and the value of data from meteorological services which provide knowledge base for adaptation. Ministers from Kenya, South Africa, Ireland, Mozambique and Republic of Korea mentioned meteorological disasters and the key role of science and knowledge base action. Also, Ministers from Kenya, Mali and Tanzania remembered Mr Konaté and his legacy.

Ministers from EU, unanimously, emphasized that they plan to move to the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol until 2020. Among these Ministers, Germany made a very strong statement for the achievement of KP and expressed readiness to host the Green Climate Fund Secretariat. The Minister announced that Germany would allocate 40M € for fast track projects. Australia also pledged 599M $ to contribute to adaptation fund to spend on climate proof agriculture.

 
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Mr Filipe Lucio attended the side event entitled “ClimDev Africa - generating climate change information for sustainable development”. The event was organised by the African Union Commission, African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Its goal was to strengthen the regional and international presence of the ClimDev Africa Programme as an African-owned and managed financing mechanism to address a critical need related to climate services.

Panelists included representatives of African Development Bank; Climate Policy Centre of the African Union Commission; Swedish Embassy; the African Centre for Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) and the Zambezi River Commission. The panel stressed the need for more investments to support the strengthening and sustainability of Observing networks as a critical infrastructure to support national efforts to put in place appropriate strategies to deal with climate variability and change. In addition, the need and role of integrated capacity development was underlined. In this regard, the available resources ($ 10 million) should prioritise the pressing needs that limit the availability and application of climate information that supports sustainable development.

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Ms Mary Power participated in the side event on "Warned and Prepared - Disasters Prevented, The Need for Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa and for involving Children and Youth" organized by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Save the Children. Erik Solheim, Minister of the Environment and International Development, Norway; Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); Nick Ireland, Save the Children; Frehiwot Worku, Secretary General, Ethiopian Red Cross Society;Njeri Kuria, Kenya Climate Challenge Project (KCCP); and spoke at the side event.

Ms Mary Power emphasised that the issue of National Capacity to deliver weather and climate services is the critical issue to that information is tailored to local conditions and reaches local communities. This is in essence one of the main aims of the GFCS to address this lack of capacity in many developing countries.

 
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