The 4th Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC), hosted by the Solomon Islands and held in conjunction with a Donor Roundtable and the 2nd Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology (PMMM) from 14 to 18 August, endorsed the final drafts of the revised Pacific Island Meteorological Strategy (PIMS) 2017-2026 and the Pacific Roadmap for Strengthened Climate Services 2017-2026. The meeting requested partners and donors to allocate resources to support the implementation of the PIMS and align regional and national projects on climate, meteorology, ocean and water services to the PIMS priorities.
The PMC also made progress on the implementation of the South-West Pacific Islands Regional Climate Centre. The PMC further agreed that the Fiji Meteorological Service would work to establish a Regional Instrument Centre (RIC) for Regional Association V (South West Pacific) and the Small-Island Developing States, and would explore the possibility of establishing a WMO Pacific Regional Training Centre in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific.
The 17 ministers and their representatives participating in the PMMM endorsed the Honiara Ministerial Statement calling for further support from governments, development partners and donors to ensure that NMHSs have the necessary capacity to support sustainable and resilient development.
The meetings gathered more than 170 participants, including all the Heads of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of the PMC as well as representatives of regional organizations, United Nations agencies, and development partners from Australia, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States of America.