The Permanent Committee for Meteorology held a meeting at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo, Egypt, from 22 to 24 April to focus on developing an Arab Strategy for Meteorology and a related implementation plan.
The meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers for Meteorology and Climate Affairs on 26 April, which followed the Permanent Committee, focused on boosting the effectiveness and capacity of meteorological services. WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas confirmed to the delegates that the Organization would support greater regional coordination and efforts to become more resilient to the weather and environmental extremes that are increasingly affecting the region as well as to long-term climate change. Discussions centred around aeronautical meteorological services, weather and climate risk management, training and capacity building, the fledgling Arab Climate Outlook Forum, and sand and dust storm warning services.
The Ministerial meeting encouraged the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in all Arab countries to continue upgrading their infrastructure, especially the observatory system and forecasting centres, and to continue developing human capacities. The council expressed appreciation for the strong partnership and cooperation between WMO and other regional and international organizations and for their support to Arab countries.