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Publish Date: 24 August 2016
The Republic of Vanuatu has created its Framework for Climate Services, making it the first Pacific Island nation to reach this milestone. The successful provision of climate information and services is a challenge for many Pacific Island nations, which may be hindered by social, financial and infrastructure issues. Vanuatu faces such realities, compounded by resource constraints, significant geographic isolation between and within its more than 80 islands, and over 80% of its population living in rural areas.
Publish Date: 25 August 2017
WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas met the new director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to discuss strengthening cooperation on issues relating to health, environment and climate change. The meeting focused on expanded WHO-WMO collaboration on three key areas: support to climate adaptation with the expanded use of climate services and early warning for health; air quality, and vector borne diseases.
Publish Date: 7 July 2017
WMO has held talks and entered into a new working arrangement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on the operation of the global Aircraft Meteorological DAta Relay (AMDAR) system. WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas met IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac to discuss how IATA’s 265 airlines in over 117 countries can best contribute to AMDAR’s data gathering system.
Publish Date: 5 September 2017
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is undertaking a global review of Regional Climate Outlook Forums (RCOFs) which make seasonal predictions of rainfall and temperatures on regional and help national planning in key sectors like agriculture, health, energy and water management. The review workshop will determine how to improve the process of creating, interpreting and disseminating regional climate outlooks to better serve the needs of society. It takes place at the International Research Centre on El Niño in Guayaquil, Ecuador from 5-7 September 2017.
Publish Date: 19 June 2017
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Meteorological Organization have signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen cooperation to respond to climate variability and climate change, which, according to the agreement, "represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies, natural ecosystems and food security." Through their strengthened partnership, the two organizations will work on strengthening agro-meteorological services and making them more accessible to farmers and fishers; improve global and region-specific monitoring for early warning...
Publish Date: 27 April 2018
The second session of the Council of Arab Ministers for Meteorology and Climate Affairs took place on 26 April, with a focus on boosting the effectiveness and capacity of meteorological services. Discussions included aeronautical meteorological services, weather and climate risk management, training and capacity building, the fledgling Arab Climate Outlook Forum, and sand and dust storm warning services.
Publish Date: 11 April 2018
A pathway to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of investments in weather, climate and hydrological services has been adopted at a conference convened by the World Meteorological Organization, the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). The central theme of the conference on 21-22 March was “Beyond business as usual – closing the capacity gap.” It brought together 100 representatives from national meteorological and hydrological services, multilateral development banks and financing and technical institutions.
Publish Date: 27 February 2018
WMO’s Regional Association VI (Europe) met from 7 to 9 February to agree priorities for future work, including relations with the private sector and improving strengthening disaster risk reduction.