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El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) indicators in the tropical Pacific have generally remained at neutral levels into the early part of the second quarter of 2014; however, though it is still too early to assess the strength of any such event, a majority of models indicate that an El Niño may develop around the middle of the year.
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO), now in the final two years of its first implementation phase, is working to fill significant gaps in global environmental monitoring and analysis capabilities.
The World Meteorological Congress endorsed an ambitious global initiative that will help all communities, especially the most vulnerable, to cope with the impact of climate change, reduce natural disaster risks, and safeguard food production, water supplies and health.
WMO contributed significantly to the Third Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place from 8 to 13 May in Geneva, Switzerland. Organized by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN-ISDR) under the theme "Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow: Increase investments in local action,” the forum gathered over 2600 high-level officials and experts from governments, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.