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World Meteorological Day Highlights Impacts of Weather Extremes [viewed]

WMO23 March 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrated World Meteorological Day on 23 March 2013, under the theme "Watching the Weather to Protect Life and Property.” This year's theme focuses on the role that meteorological and water services play in alerting people to natural hazards such as floods, topical cyclones and droughts.

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Final Declaration from High-Level Meeting Encourages All Countries to Develop Drought Management Policies [viewed]

17 March 2013: The Final Declaration from the High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) encourages governments to develop and implement national drought management policies with consideration of proactive measures to mitigate the impacts of drought.

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GWP, WMO Launch Integrated Drought Management Programme at HMNDP [viewed]

13 March 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have launched an Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP). The Programme was announced on the sidelines of the High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP), and it focuses on building drought resilience to support global poverty reduction.

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UN Agencies Launch Capacity Building Project on Drought Preparedness [viewed]

12 March 2013: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in cooperation with the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), have signed a framework of cooperation and launched a project on capacity-building in support of national drought management policies (NDMPs).

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High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy Convenes [viewed]

12 March 2013: The High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP), organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), among other partners, is taking place from 11-15 March 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. The HMNDP brings together world leaders, government decision makers, development agencies, and leading scientists and researchers to discuss drought preparedness and management policies.

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UNCCD, WMO Launch Global Campaign for Drought Mitigation [viewed]

13 March 2013:  The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have launched a global campaign on drought preparedness and risk management. The Campaign was inaugurated on 13 March, during the High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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ClimDev-Africa Highlights Commitment to Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

7 March 2013: Participants at the Fourth Session of the Steering Committee Meeting of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Initiative reiterated their commitment to tackling climate change impacts in Africa, and recognized a need for the three lead partners, the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), to work as one in implementing its 2013 work plan.

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GCOS Meeting Identifies Climate Observations Needs of Adaptation Activities [viewed]

6 March 2013: A GCOS meeting took place recently in Offenbach, Germany, gathering experts to determine the kinds of climate observations needed for implementing climate adaptation activities. The German Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst, DWD) hosted the gathering, which was jointly organized by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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WMO's Voluntary Cooperation Programme Reports on 2012 Activities [viewed]

WMO25 February 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has issued the January-December 2012 newsletter from its Voluntary Cooperation Programme (VCP) and Development and Regional Activities Department. The publication details, among other activities, new funding agreements to support climate service systems in West Africa, Haiti, Peru and Ethiopia, and summarizes the outcomes of past partnerships, including on drafting meteorology bills, installing automatic weather stations and updating a meteorological service strategic plan.

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GCOS Newsletter Outlines Implementation Efforts on Climate Monitoring and Climate Services [viewed]

February 2013: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released the first edition of its newsletter for 2013, outlining events of relevance to climate monitoring and recent activities of the programme, including, among other things, discussions at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on GCOS adequacy and progress reports.

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