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Resolution 1 (CBS-Ext.(98))
Encouragement of equal opportunities for participation of men and women in the work of the Commission for Basic Systems

The Commission for Basic Systems,

NOTING:

(1) The appeals made in Chapter 24 of Agenda 21: Programme of Action for Sustainable Development (Rio de Janeiro, 1992) on global action for women towards sustainable and equitable development;

(2) The UN Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995) and its recognition of the importance of women and their contributions to science;

(3) That several WMO Technical Commissions had passed recommendations encouraging increased participation by women in the work of those Commissions;

(4) The recommendations of the International Experts Meeting on the Participation of Women in Meteorology and Hydrology (Bangkok, 1997);

(5) That the fiftieth session of the Executive Council (Geneva, 1998) requested Members to encourage the advancement of women in meteorology and operational hydrology;

CONSIDERING:
(1) The need for trained professionals in the work of the Commission;

(2) That in some countries, to ensure a good balance of men and women in science and technology, more emphasis may be needed to encourage women's education;

WELCOMING the very active participation of women delegates at this session;

RECOMMENDS that Members:

(1) Provide active encouragement and support for equal opportunity for the participation of suitably qualified men and women in all fields related to meteorology, including decision making levels, and in CBS and its working programmes;

(2) Encourage education leading to careers in science and technology for men and women.

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