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The WMO Strategic Plan 2020 – 2023 sets an ambitious goal – to close the capacity gap on weather, climate and water services between developed and developing countries. Scaling up effective partnerships is one of the Strategic Objectives to achieve this Goal
There is an urgent need to go beyond business as usual when it comes to strengthening hydromet capacity in developing countries through effective partnerships. In June 2019, the World Meteorological...
Publish Date: 29 September 2020
Below-normal rainfall is likely during the 2020 October – December (OND) season over the southern parts of the South Asia including some parts of extreme southeastern India, most parts of Sri Lanka and Maldives, which climatologically receive good amount of rainfall during the season, according to the South Asian Climate Outlook Forum.
Meteoworld : September 2020
In mid-2018, WMO Members were invited to participate in the trial phase for the monthly reporting of daily climate data (DAYCLI) via the WMO Global Telecommunication System (GTS). Some 20 Members volunteered, and the trial started in January 2019.
The WMO Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Cities held a series of user-oriented webinars in May, during the corona virus lockdown, for cities committed to a healthy urban life. The World Wildlife Fund Cities hosts the One Planet City Challenge, a friendly competition to mobilize cities to deliver on the Paris Agreement.
In response to the COVID-19 lockdown, which did not permit gatherings, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly launched Sharing Geoscience Online. Over 26 000 geoscientists came together in 721 live text chats where over 200 000 messages were posted during the event. Among the many contributions by WMO, the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) organized one of the live sessions: a Great Debate where panellists were asked “Are forests a solution to climate change?”
In December 2019, WMO issued a third call for nominations for recognition as Centennial Observing Stations and has since received the candidature of 119 stations from 30 Members. The list includes some notable candidates and the Advisory Board for Recognition of Long-term Observing Stations will give them further consideration even though they do not fully meet all recognition criteria.
Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, having recently completed assessments of their early warning systems, agreed in February, together with other countries and regional organizations, to move forward with the establishment of a Southeast Asia-wide framework for meteorological and hydrological disaster risk reduction and capacity development.