ABU DHABI, 2nd April, 2019 (WAM) — The World Meteorological Organisation Climate Committee meetings have kicked-off in the nation’s capital on Tuesday.
Themed, ‘Capacity Development for Better Climate Services’, the meetings are taking place at the National Centre of Meteorology, NCM, headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
Commenting on the meeting proceedings, NCM Director Dr. Abdullah Al Mandous said that the capacities of National Meteorological Services, NMHSs, to play their role in national monitoring, data collection and service delivery depends on the infrastructure and human resource capacity available to them, which calls on the World Meteorological Organisation, WMO, to consider national capacity development as a strategic priority.
The WMO Climate Committee, an FAO Technical Committee, has adopted the development of these capacities to improve climate services, including climate data management, climate monitoring and forecasting, and delivery of relevant products to end-users within the highest standards of quality management.
The Committee emphasised that capacity development was one of the major pillars of the Global Framework for Climate Services, which explicitly addressed the capacity of institutional, infrastructure, procedural and human resources. The Committee noted that, in order to develop the capacity of NMHSs in terms of infrastructure and human resources qualified to provide better climate services, they should consider the existence of development agencies and regional organisations at the national level and find synergies and coordination with them, particularly with regard to training and other activities.
The meetings, Dr. Al Mandous added, include some 30 international experts from around the world as well as experts from the WMO, and NMC climate experts.
The World Meteorological Organisation, WMO, signed in 1950, recognises that Member States need to work with each other and with other organisations to coordinate, standardise, improve, encourage competencies and exchange information to suit their application to the needs of society.