The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the State Meteorological Agency of Spain (AEMET) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to renew and strengthen a 2007 cooperation agreement.
WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud and AEMET President Ricardo Garcia Herrera signed the MoU at a ceremony 14 October.
AEMET promises to continue its financial support to various trust funds administered by WMO with the purpose of supporting the Programme of cooperation for NMHSs of Ibero-American countries, the International Research Centre on EI Niño (CIIFEN) and the Programme of Cooperation for Development of West African NMHSs.
Under the accord, AEMET also intends to support the development of a regional centre to coordinate sand and dust storms forecasting activities in the Mediterranean area.
Spain is a Member State of WMO since 1951. AEMET has consistently promoted the development of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, and is one of the main contributors to the WMO Voluntary Cooperation Programme.
Agustin Santos Maraver, Ambassador of Spain to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland was present during the signing ceremony at WMO headquarters.