of the 2005 Executive Council
of the Council, which held its 57th session from 21 June to 1 July,
focused, among others, on Least Developed Countries, a
multi-hazard prevention and mitigation strategy, improving
weather forecasts, climate watch systems, the Global Earth
Observation System of Systems, new ozone information
products, the International Polar Year 2007-2008 and a
conference on economic and social benefits to be convened in
more details, see “Recent events”)
Council endorsed the appointment of Mr Jeremiah Lengoasa,
CEO of South Africa Weather Services, as Assistant
Secretary-General of WMO. Mr Lengoasa will assume his new
duties in September 2005.
New acting members
of the Executive Council
Executive Council elected six new acting members:
Francisco Cadarso González (Permanent Representative of
Spain with WMO)
Sanjiv Nair (Permanent Representative of India with WMO)
Mourad Shawky Saadallah (Permanent Representative of Egypt
Massimo Capaldo (Permanent Representative of Italy with
John Mitchell (Permanent Representative of UK with WMO)
Wolfgang Kusch (Permanent Representative of Germany with
Former President of
WMO wins 50th IMO Prize
57th session of the WMO Executive Council awarded the
prestigious IMO Prize to Dr John W. Zillman
Zillman was Director of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology
from 1978 until his retirement in 2003 and was Permanent
Representative of Australia from 1978 until 2004.
of 1978 he was a member of the WMO Executive Council. He
served as Vice-President of the Organization from 1987 to
1995 and as President from 1995 to 2003. He remained a
member of the Executive Council until 2004.
Gerbier-MUMM International Award 2005
Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award for 2005 was
presented to Dr Gufran Beig of the Indian Institute of
Meteorology (Pune, India) and 18 other scientists from
around the world for their paper entitled “Review of
mesospheric temperature trends”, published in 2003 in
Volume 4 of the Reviews of Geophysics.
Dr Gufran Beig and Dr R.P. Lowe
received the Award on behalf of the other 17 winners.
Also in the photo:
Mr Bidaut, representative of the MUMM Foundation, and Mme Guiard-Gerbier
Beig accepted the award on behalf of his fellow researchers:
P. Keckhut, R.P. Lowe, R.G. Roble, M.G. Mlynczak, J.
Scheer, V.I. Fomichev, D. Offermann, W.J.R. French,
M.G. Shepherd, A.I. Semenov, E.E. Remsberg, C.Y. She,
F.J. LŸbken, J. Bremer, B.R. Clemesha, J. Stegman, F. Sigernes and S. Fadnavis.
scientific lectures were presented to the Executive Council
on 30 June by two distinguished experts:
Chiu-Ying Lam, Permanent Representative of Hong Kong, China,
with WMO, gave a lecture entitled: "The role of NMHSs
in natural disaster reduction";
Michael H. Glantz (National Center for Atmospheric Research,
USA) gave a lecture entitled: "Climate—a resource for
social and economic development".