While meteorology is known first and foremost for its contribution to safe and regular air and sea transport, it does have several other essential functions: it helps farmers to produce more and better, helps to combat diseases such as malaria and meningitis, and saves many human lives by disseminating early warnings of floods and droughts. The delivery of tailor-made weather, climate and water services is increasingly needed to ensure food security, improved water management, disaster risk reduction and better health.
This is the rationale for the establishment of AMCOMET as the authority that fosters political will to strengthen National Meteorological Services to enable them to fully perform their roles as a fundamental component of the national development infrastructure and a major contributor to economic and social development.
AMCOMET’s key objectives are to promote political cooperation and streamline policies at a pan-African level and advocate for sound decision-making based on robust science. AMCOMET will consolidate and build on previous achievements to further promote the effective use of weather and climate products and services that meet end-user requirements to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
During the Second Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology/African Union Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology, the Ministers adopted the Integrated Strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services). Furthermore, during the 20th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit, the AU Executive Council took note of the Report of the Second Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers responsible for Meteorology and the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) and endorsed the recommendations contained therein, including the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services).