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In its quest to Engage Youth on Weather and Climate as per the 2014 World Meteorological Day theme, WMO with financial assistance from the Government of Canada, updated its Careers in Meteorology booklet at the beginning of the year and organized several events encouraging young people to choose a scientific career.
The concept of a WMO Global Campus was introduced in September 2013 at the Twelfth WMO Education and Training Symposium in Toulouse, France. Initially there was some confusion about the meaning of the term and uncertainty as to how it could work, but there was also a lot of support for the idea of increased collaboration between training institutions to help overcome the gap between training demand and supply.
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.