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The 1st December 2013 represents a critical second deadline along the road towards ensuring a quality management approach to service delivery for all organizations – including those from the private sector – providing meteorological services for international civil aviation.
The Regional Climate Change Conference held in Brussels in November also hosted the 2nd International Conference on CORDEX –the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment. The three-day event attracted over 400 regional climate scientists.
WMO and the Global Water Partnership established the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) in March at the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, signed an agreement reaffirming the long term cooperation between the two Organizations in the field of hydrology and water resources on 25 November at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The International Symposium on Climate, Food and Water: Better Climate Services for Food and Water Security, held in the Republic of Korea in November, reviewed existing climate services in the sector of agriculture and food/water security over nations/regions.
Dr Antonio Divino Moura of Brazil was nominated for the International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize for his outstanding work in meteorology and climatology and scientific research. He will receive the award at a ceremony in 2019.
WMO is intensifying its scientific support and advice to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who has made climate action one of his top priorities and convened a climate summit for September 2019.
The WMO Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology (CAeM) held its sixteenth session from 24 to 27 July in Exeter, United Kingdom. Hosted by the Met Office, the session focused on reviewing progress over the last four years and setting priorities for the next intersessional period.
Each year, over 100 000 forecasts and warnings are transmitted to ships at sea through the International Maritime Organization and World Meteorological Organization (IMO/WMO) Worldwide Met-Ocean Information and Warning Service (WWMIWS). This service provides vital weather, wave and ice warnings that improve ship safety and protect the welfare of seafarers.