June 2008: The Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),
during its annual session held in Geneva from 18-27 June 2008, agreed on ways
of improving climate, weather, water and environmental predictions and further
advancing global observing systems.
2008: The UN World
Tourism Organization (UNWTO) launched two publications on World Environment
Day, 5 June 2008. The first, produced in collaboration with the UN Environment
Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), as well as
the University of Oxford's Centre for the Environment, focuses on “Climate
Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Tourism Sector: Frameworks, Tools and
May 2008: A workshop on “Climate change and the offshore industry,” co-sponsored by the WMO, Met-Ocean Committee of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission through the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology, and the World Climate Research Programme, will take place at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27-29 May 2008.
May 2008: The symposium on “Climate Change and Variability - Agro-Meteorological Monitoring and Coping Strategies for Agriculture” will take place from 3-6 June 2008, in Oscarsborg, Norway. The symposium is organized under the auspices of the WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology and European Cooperation.
May 2008: The sixtieth session of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Executive Council is scheduled to convene from 18-27 June 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. Climate-related issues will be discussed under several agenda items. Council members will be invited to express their views on the work plan for the designation process for WMO Regional Climate Centres and on the establishment of a mechanism to facilitate development of climate prediction services for adaptation in developing countries. WMO activities on socio-economic assessments and application of weather and climate services to the health, energy and tourism sectors and urbanization, as well as climate risk management, will also be addressed by the Council.
21 May 2008: The Fourth WMO Workshop on the Impact of Various Observing Systems on Numerical Weather Prediction took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 19-21 May 2008. Workshop participants addressed a range of topics regarding global forecast impact studies, regional aspects of impact studies, and sensitivity, impact assessment techniques, and observation network design studies, as well as discussed workshop conclusions and recommendations.
15 May 2008: The World Meteorological Organization's Expert Team on the Rescue, Preservation and Digitization of Climate Records met from 13-15 May 2008, in Bamako, Mali, to review the work of MEditerranean climate DAta REscue (MEDARE), which was established to develop, consolidate and progress climate data and metadata rescue activities across the Greater Mediterranean Region.
7 May 2008: Speaking during the thematic debate on drought at the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD16), which took place at UN headquarters in New York, US, from 5-16 May 2008, a representative of the World Metrological Organization (WMO) provided an overview of the Organization's work on drought and climate change.
7 May 2008 : In response to the current worldwide food emergency, the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Secretary-General, Michel Jarraud, has established a Task Team on Food Security.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) awarded Jagadish Shukla, President of the Institute of Global of Environment and Society and Professor of Earth Sciences and Global Change, and Chairman of Climate Dynamics at George Mason University, the 52nd International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize.