WMO and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) have signed an agreement to boost cooperation, with particular regard to research, modelling, prediction and capacity building in weather, climate and water-related issues, especially in developing countries.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at an international conference celebrating the 50th of the ICTP. Established in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam through a partnership between UNESCO, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Government of Italy, ICTP is a centre of excellence that supports the continuing education and career development of scientists from developing countries to conduct research in various science domains at the highest international standards.
«We need determined and urgent action to address climate change and build resilience and adaptation to weather and climate extremes. Innovative and yet affordable and replicable solutions can lead the way in the application of weather and climate services to support vital economic sectors and communities in building resilience to weather and climate and foster their sustainable development and prosperity,» WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud told the ceremony in Trieste, Italy, on 7-8 October.
ICTP is a critical partner in the Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX), a programme activity of the WMO-led World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), contributing to the downscaling of climate change projections for local regions.
This is particularly important for the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), which aims at developing weather and climate services to support vital economic sectors and communities in building resilience to weather and climate and foster their sustainable development and prosperity. “ICTP, with its long track record of excellent training programmes directed towards developing countries, could be an important partner in this initiative, in particular for research and human resource development aspects,” said Mr Jarraud.