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Tenth WMO Symposium on Education and Training (SYMET-X)
was held at the Nanjing University for Information and
Science Technology (NUIST) Department of Meteorology. Some
140 training experts from 54 countries attended this
Symposium, whose underlying theme was “Meteorological
and hydrological education and training for disaster
prevention and mitigation”.
Following 37 plenary presentations and 29 poster presentations, it was noted that:
The participants agreed on the following recommendations, for the worldwide meteorological and hydrological community, in particular for relevant training institutions and organizations at national, regional and international level:
meeting took place at UN Headquarters, New York, USA, on
13 September 2006.
Secretary-General of WMO, Mr Michel Jarraud, warned that
failure to invest adequately in the National
Meteorological and Hydrological Services of Least
Developed Countries (LDCs) would undermine their efforts
to reduce vulnerability to climate risks such as tropical
cyclones, floods and drought and their fight against
climate- and water-related disasters can wipe out up to
15% of an LDC’s Gross Domestic Product and overwhelm
economies but every dollar invested in NMHSs brings, on
average, a 10-fold return.
The Secretary-General made a keynote presentation at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Wednesday at the Special Event on Weather, Climate and Water Services for Development and Disaster Mitigation in LDCs.
Association III (South America)—14th
At the kind invitation of the Government of Peru, the 14th session of Regional Association III (South America) was held in Lima, Peru, from 7 to 13 September 2006. The session was opened by Mr Raul Michelini, acting president of the Association on 7 September 2006 at 10.00 am. The Secretary-General who addressed the participants also attended the opening of the session. There were 53 participants at the session from 11 Members of the Association, five observers from two Members from outside the Region, nine observers from eight international, regional and national organizations.
The Association discussed in depth the main issues and the urgent need to develop a Strategic Plan and the associated Action Plan for RA III reflecting priority areas and resources required for the implementation of such a Plan. Improvement of telecommunications, preparation of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) for the WMO Information System, visibility of NMHSs, use and dissemination of products from available numerical weather prediction models, new generation of NOAA’s geostationary operational environment satellite, and training of professional staff, were some of the most important issues discussed during the session.
The Association elected Mr Ramón Jesus Viñas García (Venezuela) as president and Mr Carlos Costa Posada (Colombia) as vice-president of WMO Regional Association III (South America).
The delegation of Colombia extended its invitation to host the next session of the Association in Colombia. The Association noted the kind invitation and expressed its appreciation for this offer.
regional workshop on climate change and natural disasters
took place in San José, Costa Rica, from 7 to 10
September for 21 journalists from Central American
countries and Santo Domingo with support from the National
Institute of Meteorology. Topics included responsibility
and professionalism in covering natural disasters and the
contribution of journalists to reducing loss of life and
property in their coverage of such events.
Institute of Costa Rica: http://www.imn.ac.cr/
sixth annual meeting of the European Meteorological
Society (EMS) took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 4 to
8 September in parallel with the Sixth European Conference
on Applied Climatology (organized by the European Climate
topics at the EMS meeting included environmental
meteorology, severe weather and atmospheric hazards, as
well as short-range forecasting methods. Also scheduled
was a special "Media" session to examine ways of
improving communication and understanding between
scientists, media and the public.
and conference website: http://meetings.copernicus.org/ems2006
took part in the International Disaster Reduction
Conference in Davos, Switzerland, from 27 August to 1
include multi-hazard management, including environmental
aspects of flood management and management of weather-,
climate- and water-related environmental risks, including
stratospheric ozone depletion, airborne pollution, forest
fires as well as floods and dust- and sandstorms.
Conference is jointly organized by the Global Alliance for
Disaster Reduction (GADR), the Global Disaster Information
Network (GDIN), the United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the
UN/International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
the Conference website: http://www.davos2006.ch/
from governments, water management and science sectors,
intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, research and
training institutions, United Nations agencies and the
business sector gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, for World
Water Week 2006 (20 to 26 August).
event featured plenary sessions and panel debates,
scientific workshops, seminars, side events, exhibitions
and prize ceremonies honouring excellence in the water
field. On 23 August, the UN-Water Seminar addressed
the issue of water scarcity.
World Water Week theme is selected and followed for a
certain number of years. For 2003-2007, the theme is
”Drainage basin security: prospects for trade-offs and
benefit sharing in a globalized world". The sub-theme
for 2006 was “Beyond the river― sharing benefits
(2006 Stockholm Water Prize)
the world continues to experience extreme weather events,
including heat waves in the USA and Europe, drought in
Africa and severe monsoons in Asia, the need to better
manage climate variability is becoming increasingly
urgent. At the conference Living with Climate Variability
and Change (Espoo, Finland, 17-21 July 2006),
representatives of more than 60 countries discussed
practical ways of achieving better management of climate
risks in their short- and long-term operations.
agreed that better understanding and operational
integration of climate information, as well as
collaboration and increased dialogue, are important for
dealing with climate variability and change. A lack of
awareness of climate-related risk management has been a
major obstacle to improved prevention and loss reduction.
more information about the conference and to read the
conference statement, see: www.livingwithclimate.fi
Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology–MeteoSwiss–is
celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and it
wishes to get better acquainted with the public. Having
acquired a minibus equipped with the latest computer
hardware needed for making in situ weather forecasts,
MeteoSwiss can now accompany local events, which are often
sports fixtures, besides demonstrating its technical
8 and 9 July, MeteoSwiss organized a Science Night at the
Science Museum, Parc de la Perle du Lac, Geneva. On
display were weather forecasting tools and equipment. The
programme also included some 50 other stands demonstrating
the exciting world of science under the theme Evolution–Revolution.
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