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Resolution 21 (Cg-XIV)

WMO Programme for the Least Developed Countries

The Congress,

Noting:
(1) That the third United Nations Conference on the LDCs (Brussels, May 2001) adopted a Programme of Action for the LDCs for the decade 2001-2010,
(2) That the objective of the Programme of Action is to improve the conditions of more than 600 million people in the 49 countries concerned, through accelerated sustained economic growth,
(3) That the United Nations system, including WMO, was requested to play a key role in the implementation of the Programme of Action,
(4) That several United Nations organizations have already drawn up special programmes for LDCs in their areas of competence,
(5) That the NMHSs have a major role to play in the socio-economic development efforts of the countries concerned,

Considering:
(1) That the WMO Executive Council, during its 53rd session, had agreed on the need to develop a WMO programme for the LDCs,
(2) That the Council had requested the Secretary-General to prepare appropriate proposals concerning WMO's support to the implementation of the Programme of Action for the LDCs,
(3) That several special actions have already been carried out to support NMHSs of LDCs but with limited results,

Decides:
(1) To establish a WMO programme for LDCs with the long-term objective of ensuring that NMHSs of the LDCs contribute effectively to the social and economic development programmes of the countries concerned;
(2) To include this programme in the Sixth WMO Long-term Plan within the framework of the Technical Cooperation Programme;

Requests the Executive Council to monitor the progress in the development and implementation of the programme and advise on the best ways and means of mobilizing resources for this purpose;

Requests the Secretary-General:
(1) To establish a Trust Fund for the WMO programme for LDCs and to take appropriate measures for the mobilization of the required resources;
(2) To report to Fifteenth Congress on the implementation of the programme;

Urges Members to participate actively in, and to, contribute to, the funding of the programme.

 
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