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The World Meteorological Congress endorsed an ambitious global initiative that will help all communities, especially the most vulnerable, to cope with the impact of climate change, reduce natural disaster risks, and safeguard food production, water supplies and health.
WMO contributed significantly to the Third Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place from 8 to 13 May in Geneva, Switzerland. Organized by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN-ISDR) under the theme "Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow: Increase investments in local action,” the forum gathered over 2600 high-level officials and experts from governments, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.
The WMO Conference on the Gender Dimensions of Weather and Climate Services, held in Geneva from 5 to 7 November, formulated desired steps to provide equal access to weather and climate services to women and men in order to help them make better decisions in the areas of food security, disaster risk reduction, water resources management and public health.
Following on the World Meteorological Congress lead, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Plenary and Ministerial Summit in January (see MeteoWorld Issue 1/2014) highlighted the need to preserve the 5350-5470 MHz frequency range, which is of high importance to the Copernicus Sentinel-series satellites and other Earth observation missions of WMO Members.
WMO and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) – which supports the continuing education and career development of scientists from developing countries to conduct research in various domains at the highest standards – signed a Memorandum of Understanding at a conference, marking the Centre’s 50th anniversary, in Trieste, Italy, on 6 and 7 October.