Representatives from more than 100 countries, as well as from non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, met in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11 to 12 January 2010 to follow-up on the decision by World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) to strengthen the production, availability, delivery and application of science-based climate prediction and services. As mandated by WCC-3, the intergovernmental meeting, chaired by WMO President Alexander I. Bedritskiy, approved the terms of reference and endorsed the composition of a High-Level Taskforce of independent advisers, which the Secretary-General of the WMO has been requested to set up. The Taskforce will follow up with recommendations for proposed elements of the GFCS, as well as for next steps to develop and implement the GFCS. Its report will be published before the next quadrennial World Meteorological Congress in May 2011.
The text with the terms of reference will be posted on the WMO Website as soon as it is available in the six UN official languages. The composition of the taskforce will be made public once its members have notified their acceptance.