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Resolution 13 (XII-RA IV)
Participation of women in the work of the Regional Association IV

Regional Association IV (North and Central America),

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

(2) Principle No. 3 adopted by the International Conference on Water and the Environment (Dublin, 1992), namely that "women play a central part in the provision, management and safeguarding of water",

(3) 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",

(4) The UNDP emphasis and priority on the advancement of women in meteorology and operational hydrology,

(5) That the forty-eighth session of the Executive Council had requested members to encourage the advancement of women in meteorology and operational hydrology,

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

CONSIDERING the projected shortage of trained hydrological and meteorological personnel in the Region,

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

URGES Members to respond to the questionnaire on women distributed by the Secretariat;

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

RECOMMENDS that Members:

(1) Actively provide encouragement and support for an increased number to the extent possible of women to work as professional staff and at decision-making levels in NMHSs, other hydrological and meteorological institutions and in regional, national and international Cupertino programmes;

(2) Increase the representation of women in the delegations to sessions of RA IV and participation in RA IV working groups, expert group meetings and training activities to the extent possible;

(3) promote the study of meteorology and hydrology in the schools;

REQUESTS the President of the Association to report to the thirteenth session of RA IV on progress in the implementation of this resolution during the inter-sessional period.

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