The eighteenth session of the World Meteorological Congress is taking place from 3 to 14 June 2019. The WMO Member States and Territories (hereinafter "WMO Members") will elect the Vice-Presidents of WMO (who are Ex-Officio Members of the Executive Council). In this context, the WMO Regional Office for Europe interviewed Albert A. E. Martis, the Director of MDC.
Regional Office for Europe (ROE): Dr Albert A. E. Martis, what is in your view the most important matter WMO should focus on in the next several years?
“I think the challenge of WMO is how to increase the involvement of its Members in the work of the Organization.
Coming from a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), having completed my high education in Europe, and the experience I gained as a member in different Constituent Bodies of the Organization are the key elements I will use to advance enhanced participation of all Members in the work of the Organization.
Furthermore, taking into account the emerging societal needs, such as laid down in the Samoa Pathway, the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement and the UN Agenda 2030, it is evident that a comprehensive and well-organized engagement of WMO is required to continue to drive the Organization with its Members in a good direction.
With the assistance of the Secretariat to support the WMO Members, especially those from the least developed and developing countries, and with the adequate transfer of knowledge and technology, I hope to contribute to the further development of the capacity of WMO Members and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to address their societal needs.”
ROE: Thank you!