Volume 59(1) January 2010

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1853: 

First International Meteorological Conference (Brussels)

  first meteorological conference

1873: 

WMO predecessor, the International Meteorological Organization (IMO) established

 

1947: 

WMO Convention agreed unanimously by Conference of Directors

 

1950: 

WMO Convention entered into force on 23 March

 

1951: 

WMO became a specialized agency of the United Nations

 

1957: 

Global Ozone Observing System set up

 

1957/1958: 

Participation in the International Geophysical Year

 

1963: 

World Weather Watch launched

 

 

earth and sun  

1971:  

Tropical Cyclone project established (upgraded to Tropical Cyclone Programme in 1980)

 

1972: 

Operational Hydrology Programme established

 

1976: 

WMO issues first international assessment of the state of global ozone

 

1977:

Integrated Global Ocean Services System established jointly by WMO and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

 

1978/1979: 

Global Weather Experiment and Monsoon Experiments under the Global Atmospheric Research Programme

 

1979: 

First World Climate Conference, which led to the establishment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the World Climate Programme and the World Climate Research Programme

 

1980: 

World Climate Research Programme established

  launch balloon

1985: 

Vienna Convention on the Protection of the Ozone Layer

 

1987: 

Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

 

1988: 

WMO/UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change established

 

1989: 

Global Atmosphere Watch established

 

1990: 

Second World Climate Conference, which initiated the Global Climate Observing System; the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction; First IPCC Assessment Report released

 

1991: 

WMO/UNEP convened first meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

  women carrying water

sea turtle  

1992: 

The Global Climate Observing System established

 

1993: 

World Hydrological Cycle Observing System launched

 

1995: 

Climate Information and Prediction Services established; Second IPCC Assessment Report released

 

2000: 

WMO celebrates 50 years of service

 

2001: 

Third IPCC Assessment Report released

2003:

Natural Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Programme, Space Programme and Programme for the Least Developed Countries launched

  nobel medal

2005: 

Group on Earth Observations Secretariat established at WMO headquarters

 

2007: 

Fourth IPCC Assessment Report released; IPCC is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

 

2009: 

World Climate Conference-3

 

2010:

WMO celebrates 60 years of service for your safety and well-being

 

 

60 years WMO

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