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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.
The South Asian Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF), held from 20 to 22 April, issued a seasonal outlook ( https://goo.gl/MfnIAc ) predicting below average rainfall over large tracts of South Asia during the forthcoming summer monsoon.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, signed an agreement reaffirming the long term cooperation between the two Organizations in the field of hydrology and water resources on 25 November at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The International Symposium on Climate, Food and Water: Better Climate Services for Food and Water Security, held in the Republic of Korea in November, reviewed existing climate services in the sector of agriculture and food/water security over nations/regions.
WMO and the Global Water Partnership established the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) in March at the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy.
The Regional Climate Change Conference held in Brussels in November also hosted the 2nd International Conference on CORDEX –the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment. The three-day event attracted over 400 regional climate scientists.
The 1st December 2013 represents a critical second deadline along the road towards ensuring a quality management approach to service delivery for all organizations – including those from the private sector – providing meteorological services for international civil aviation.
The 16th session of the WMO Commission for Atmospheric Sciences (CAS), hosted by the Turkish State Meteorological Service from 20–26 November , elected Øystein Hov (Norway) as President and Jae-Cheol Nam (Republic of Korea) as Vice-President and concluded with a series of decisions designed to maximize opportunities from scientific advances in forecasting and prediction.