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Meteorological Day 2006
natural disasters in 2005 worldwide, including hurricane Katrina, the Mumbai flooding, and others such as the aftermath of
the Pakistan, the theme for World Meteorological Day 2006
was highly appropriate.
speaker for the event at WMO Headquarters was Sir David
King, Chief Scientific Advisor to HM Government of the
United Kingdom. During
a special interview in the WMO Bulletin he said:
main challenge is ensuring that hazard and risk analysis
and early warning systems are integrated into an overall
disaster-risk reduction plan. Warning
systems have to be integrated into people’s lives to
make them accessible and easy to understand, and so does
disaster risk reduction in the broader sense. Globally,
there needs to be an exchange of information by developing
universal data formats, data-exchange agreements and
agreeing global roles for organizations with the most
Meteorological Day 2006 also saw the release of a new WMO
film: “Preparing for a safer world”, focusing on the
vital role of early warnings, combined with effective
preparation planning as essential components of national
strategies for disaster prevention. The film was
illustrated by preventive strategies in Bangladesh and
South Africa, which have shown great progress in reducing
losses from tropical cyclones and drought, respectively.
information package: “Preventing and mitigating natural
disasters” was distributed around the world. Included
was a comprehensive brochure, explaining in detail, the
process of end-to-end early-warning systems and NMHS’s
contributions towards saving lives and property in
anticipation of natural disasters.
Organization also held a booth at the United Nations
Secretariat in New York City. UN staff and visiting
members of the general public found the display
interesting and informative.
was open house at Antigua and
Barbuda’s Meteorological Services, where
visitors were invited to a look “behind the scenes”.
National Meteorological Service held a two-day fair at
Battlefield Park where numerous organizations set up
displays highlighting either water to celebrate World
Water Day on 22 March, or the WMD 2006 theme. It attracted
hundreds of members of the general public and students.
government ministers took part in festivities at Brazil’s
National Institute of Meteorology which featured a
day-long programme of lectures and addresses on preventing
and mitigating natural disasters.
Service used the day to open a new building to accommodate
offices as well as climate data and monitoring centres. An
exhibition of meteorological instruments was also set up
and visitors, many of whom were students, were able to
examine the new automatic weather station.
National Meteorological Services Agency organized a
celebration at offices throughout the country where
government officials mingled with staff past and present.
State Minister of Water Resources acknowledged the role of
the Agency and confirmed that the Government would
strengthen it in every possible way. The event received
widespread media coverage.
Hydrometeorological Service of Guyana
held a two-day book exhibition at the National Library.
The event was highlighted in the editorial of the Guyana
Chronicle and on a local radio programme.
Hong Kong Observatory
(China) was open for
several days and members of the public were encouraged to
pose as a TV weather presenter while staff explained how
forecasts were made.
Meteorological Department hosted a wide range of
activities and invited representatives from United Nations
agencies, government ministries, the private sector as
well as students, teachers and the general public.
National Meteorological Centre of Libyan
Arab Jamahiriya celebrated World Meteorological
Day 2006 at the University of Garyounis Campus in
Benghazi. An observing station was inaugurated, an Arabic
calendar produced, the WMO film screened, an exhibition on
climatological and meteorological bulletins set up and a
scientific symposium around the Day’s theme organized.
Meteorological Services organized a half-day workshop at
its headquarters; eminent personalities and different
socio-economic sectors participated.
coverage in the Netherlands
was noteworthy according to the National Meteorological
Institute, whose efforts led to interviews on national
breakfast TV and radio, as well as several articles in
newspapers and on Websites.
Meteorological Department set up a three-day public
exhibition of instruments and charts the Institute of
Meteorology and Geophysics in Karachi with similar events
in Lahore. These all attracted TV reports and stories in
organized a Moscow press conference attended by more than
25 journalists which provoked a number of articles and
broadcasts. Elsewhere in the Russian
Federation there were round-table discussions,
meetings and scientific conferences on the World
Meteorological Day 2006 theme also gaining press coverage.
tragic tsunami of December 2004 was uppermost in
everyone’s mind at the National Environment Agency of Singapore,
due to the unveiling of the Seismic Monitoring System. The
Meteorological Service also launched the first edition of
Meteo Flash. The eight-page publication included a handy,
easy-to-understand pull-out providing vital information on
what to do in the event of a natural disaster.
Spanish Minister for the Environment, HE Mrs
Christina Narbona, took part in a ceremony at the National
Meteorological Institute, attracting the attention of TV,
radio and printed press. Celebrations were also carried
out at 14 regional centres.
ministers gathered at the University of Khartoum in Sudan
says to view an exhibition and a newly upgraded
agrometeorological station. Five scientific papers were
National Institute of Meteorology also reported a
successful 23 March which saw the presentation of several
important scientific papers.
focused efforts on a round-table discussion at the
Hydrometeorological Service where reports were presented
on the Day’s theme with special attention to the threat
of mudslides and avalanches. These issues attracted
extensive media coverage.
celebrations were also carried out at many other NMHSs
around the world including Costa
Macao (China), Peru,
Poland, Uruguay and Venezuela.
year the theme for World Meteorological Day is “Polar
meteorology: understanding global impacts” in
recognition of these regions which are highly sensitive to
global warming and require further research if we are to
understand more about the nature of their influence on the
rest of the planet.
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