The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET-3), hosted by Cabo Verde from 10 to 14 February, coordinated and accelerated regional efforts to strengthen resilience to severe weather hazards and adaptation to climate change.

Discussions also focused on improving weather and climate services in the areas of agriculture and food security, water management, disaster risk reduction and health as well as key economic sectors such as transport, energy and tourism.

Through the Praia Ministerial Declaration, Ministers approved the Implementation and Resource Mobilization Plan of the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate services). The Declaration lays out a 12-year roadmap (2016–2027) for the mainstreaming of meteorological services into sub-regional and national development plans and programmes. The Ministers also endorsed the draft African Space Policy and the African Space Strategy, developed in partnership with the African Union Space Working Group, and requested the development of an African Meteorological Implementation Plan. Other decisions include the approval of the Constitution and Rules of Procedures that will govern the way AMCOMET operates and the Strategy and Implementation Plan for the Establishment of a Regional Climate Centre in Central Africa.

The Climate Research for Development (CR4D) Initiative was launched on the margins of AMCOMET-3. Dr. Fatima Denton, Special Initiatives Director at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), noted that the alignment of research, policy and the CR4D initiative would make good business and operational sense nested as it is at the Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) with oversight from AMCOMET, the ClimDev-Africa Programme and WMO.

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