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Resolution 5 (CAS-XII)
Participation of women in the work of the Commission for Atmospheric Sciences

The Commission for Atmospheric Sciences,

NOTING:
(1) The United Nations Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995) and its recognition of the importance of women and their contribution to science,

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

(3) That the forty-eighth session of the Executive Council, in general summary paragraph 13.1.2 of the Abridged Final Report with Resolutions of the forty-eighth session of the Executive Council (WMO No. 846), requested Members to encourage the advancement of women in meteorology and operational hydrology,

(4) That the tenth session of the Commission for Hydrology (Chy) passed a recommendation encouraging increased participation by women in the work of the Commission,

(5) The recommendations of the International Experts Meeting on the participation of Women in Meteorology and hydrology, Bangkok, 1997),

CONSIDERING the need for trained meteorologists in the work of the Commission,

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

URGES Members to identify focal points in their NMHSs for this activity;

FURTHER URGES Members to review the report of, and implement appropriate recommendations made by, the International Experts Meeting on the participation of Women in Meteorology and Hydrology, held in Bangkok, Thailand in 1997;

RECOMMENDS that Members provide active encouragement and support for equal opportunity for participation:

(1) In all fields of meteorology, including at decision-making levels;

(2) In CAS and in other national, regional and international meteorological research programmes;

FURTHER RECOMMENDS that Members encourage the promotion of atmospheric science studies in schools, as a means of ensuring the participation of women and men on an equal basis in this field of work;

REQUESTS the Secretary-General to report to the thirteenth session of the Commission on progress made on main aspects of the implementation of this resolution during the inter-sessional period.

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