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Emirates News Agency – Abu Dhabi to host Regional Meeting of WMO Regional Association II (Asia)

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ABU DHABI, 12th March, 2023 (WAM) — The National Center of Meteorology (NCM) will host the Regional Conference of WMO Regional Association II (Asia), RECO, from 13-16 March 2023 in Abu Dhabi-

RECO aims to provide a forum for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in RA II to address emerging issues and challenges, strengthen regional cooperation and strengthen partnerships to implement World Meteorological Organization (WMO) resolutions and decisions. priorities.

The meeting will be in a mixed format with 150 participants, including permanent representatives of WMO Members from Asia, as well as key representatives from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia Committee (ESCWA).

RECO is kicking off March 13 with a day of high-level meetings focused on the UN’s Early Warning for All initiative. WMO Secretary-General Petri Taalas, NCM Director-General and President of Regional Association II (Asia), Dr Abdulla Al Mandous, and ambassadors from the 35 member countries of RA II Asia will address the meeting.

Dr Mandous said: “The RA II (Asia) Regional Meeting is an important platform to discuss our collective efforts to strengthen the region’s early warning systems and increase resilience to emerging weather and climate-related hazards We believe that the outcomes and recommendations of this event will help strengthen collaboration among National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), improve their ability to provide better and more timely weather, climate and hydrological services, and develop effective and coordinated disaster response plans to protect lives and livelihoods.”

Al Mandous added: “Hosting this regional event demonstrates the prominent role NCM plays in promoting national and regional capacity development, data exchange and research collaboration to develop more accurate and reliable weather forecasting models. Through cross-border cooperation, we aim to developing more effective and comprehensive strategies to mitigate the impacts of extreme weather events. This will ultimately improve our countries’ ability and preparedness to predict and respond to severe weather events, and reduce their impact on lives, livelihoods and property.”

From 14 to 16 March, the conference will include sessions covering technical issues and different components of early warning systems, infrastructure, and meteorological and hydrological services. Additionally, the RA II Research Forum will be held on the last day of the event.

At the end of the meeting, participants will deliver a high-level statement on the UN’s Early Warning for All initiative to implement climate adaptation action. The statement will commend the launch of the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Early Warning for All initiative announced during the last COP 27 and make recommendations to support the initiative.

As part of the ongoing global effort to address the impacts of climate change, the UN initiative Early Warning for All has recently gained significant momentum. Appointed by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) as the official candidate for the UAE WMO President, Dr Al Mandous has announced that his campaign will focus on accelerating international coordinated action to achieve the UN Secretary-General’s call to ensure that “every Individuals are protected by the early warning system for the next five years.” To achieve this, Dr Al Mandous aims to implement the implementation action plan on Early Warning for All announced at COP 27, leading its implementation and ensuring that policy, technical and financial solutions are fast-tracked.

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