The sixteenth session of the WMO Regional Association IV (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) was held from 12 to 19 April 2013, by invitation of the Government of Curaçao, at the Renaissance Curaçao Resort Hotel in the city of Willemstad. The session was attended by 34 participants from 18 Members of the Region, 6 observers from other regions and 1 observer from ICAO.
In his welcome statement, Mr Albert A.E. Martis, Permanent Representative of Curaçao and Sint Maarten with WMO and Director of the Curaçao Meteorological Department reminded that various countries of the region were severely impacted last year by tropical cyclones, in particular Sandy, which had devastating impacts that were monitored live during its passage over Cuba, the Bahamas and the east coast of the United States of America. He underlined the permanent need for coordinated efforts by all countries in the region for ensuring basic services to the population as well as for improving predictions, forecasts and warnings of climate, weather and water hazards.