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Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) hosted an instrument maintenance and calibration training course from 21 November to 1 December 2016, attended by 13 experts from 11 Pacific island states.
The Afghanistan Meteorological Department (AMD) has reconnected with the world in a move that will help to improve the country’s hydrometeorological hazard early warning systems.
The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) has noticed an increase in regional reporting on its climate products and services since launching media workshops at its Barbados headquarters in 2015.
WMO organized or co-organized eight different events and presented a statement at the key Plenary meeting of the 3rd United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, from 17–20 October 2016.
The three-year Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Agriculture Project culminated with a Networking Conference on 4 and 5 February in Rome, hosted by the Italian National Research Council and the Italian Meteorological Service. Decision-makers and experts from 21 countries in West Africa used the opportunity to discuss project outcomes, examine continued needs and consider follow-up capacity development initiatives.
While in Washington, D.C., the Secretary-General had high-level meetings with senior U.S. Government officials to discuss the WMO constituent body reform and new WMO Strategic Plan. He met with the new interim administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Dr Neil Jacobs and U.S. Permanent Representative to the WMO, Director of the National Weather service (NWS), Dr Louis Uccellini. They discussed the integrated Earth system approach that drives the WMO reform progress in public private partnership engagement and the WMO budget.
Heat risks remain a silent disaster. The First Global Forum on Heat and Health, held in Hong Kong, China, from 17 to 20 December 2018, addressed that challenge and launched the Global Heat Health Information Network (the Network). Over the four-day event, 120 interdisciplinary practitioners and researchers from 33 countries provided fresh, real-world perspectives on heat health risk management across diverse fields, such as medical science, urban planning, meteorology, and economics.