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Event: Africa Climate Conference 2013 [viewed]

Convened by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC), the Africa Climate Conference 2013 (ACC-2013) will bring together stakeholders to identify the state of knowledge on the African climate system, including gaps in knowledge, put forward an African agenda for future climate research to inform adaptation decisions, and develop a framework for mainstreaming climate change into policy.  

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WMO Formulates Recommendations to Support Risk Assessment [viewed]

WMO15 June 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) organized the First Technical Workshop on Support to Risk Assessment, where representatives from countries and organizations, as well as experts, met to explore needs for hazard information to conduct risk assessment and analysis. Participants discussed recommendations that could contribute to enhance preparedness for disasters.

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Event: Fourth Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins: Adaptation Serving Multiple Purposes [viewed]

This workshop is organized under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, with the support of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Secretariat. It is organized in partnership with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN). The workshop is taking place back to back with the sixth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate on 27 June 2013. Convened during the International Year of Water Cooperation, the workshop will highlight examples of successful cooperation among stakeholders, sectors and countries in adaptation to climate change. The workshop will bring together professionals from all over the world working on adaptation to climate variability and change especially -but not only- in transboundary basins.  

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Observed Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Reach 400 Parts Per Million Threshold [viewed]

WMO9 May 2013: Observed concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have reached the 400 parts per million (ppm) threshold at several stations of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Global Atmosphere Watch network.

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UNCCD News Highlights Importance of Drought Strategies and Resilience [viewed]

UNCCD logo9 May 2013: The latest issue of 'UNCCD News,' published by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), focuses on the issue of drought and, in particular, the outcomes from the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP).

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Event: 65th Session of the WMO Executive Council Session [viewed]

The 65th Session of the Executive Council (EC-65) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will meet from 15-23 May 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Session is expected to discuss reports, the Global Framework for Climate Services, implementation of the WMO Strategic Plan 2012-2015, resource management, communications and public affairs, and legal matters, among other things. On partnerships, the EC will hear reports on, inter alia: GFCS partnerships; WMO participation in the work of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Convention on Biodiversity (CBD); WMO involvement in UN Water, in particular in the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation; developments in establishing new working arrangements with the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme; Report of the Chair of the IPCC; Report on GEO cooperation with WMO; Future Earth Research initiative (ICSU); and MoUs between WMO and relevant international organizations established since EC-64.  

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WMO Confirms 2012 Among Top Ten Warmest Years [viewed]

WMO2 May 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its Statement on the Status of the Global Climate for 2012, which indicates that 2012 is among the ten previous years as one of the warmest on record. This is the ninth warmest year since records began in 1850 and the 27th consecutive year that global land and ocean temperatures were above the 1961–1990 average, with the years 2001–2012 all among the top 13 warmest years on record.

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PROVIA Identifies Research Priorities for Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

PROVIA12 April 2013: The Programme on Research on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), a joint UN initiative, organized a workshop on Suggested Research Priorities for Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change.

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WMO Launches PhD Partnership on Weather, Climate and Water [viewed]

WMO27 March 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has partnered with the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) to support up to ten PhD fellowships per year focused on weather, climate and water-related hazards. The fellowships aim to support students from least-developed and developing countries particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

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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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