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The first session of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services (IBCS-1), held in Geneva from 1 to 5 July, agreed on an operational road map for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). IBCS-1 approved the GFCS implementation plan and the definition of processes and substructures supporting its advancement, elected the Chair and two Co-Vice-Chairs, selected the WMO Members to sit on the Management Committee of the Board and approved the compendium of initial GFCS projects for implementation.
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.
WMO and the Global Water Partnership established the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) in March at the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy.
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.
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.