Addis Ababa Declaration Supports Global Framework on Climate Services

WMO30 September 2012: The African Union Commission (AUC), African regional economic communities and Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States have declared their support for the Global Framework on Climate Services (GFCS), a UN initiative spearheaded by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) which aims to strengthen and expand the provision of climate services.

The Addis Ababa Declaration of Support for the Global Framework on Climate (GFCS) was issued in advance of the 10th European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) User Forum Africa, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 1-5 October 2012. Noting that climate change is a major threat to sustainable growth and development in Africa, the declaration recognizes that the GFCS will, among other things: enable better management of the risks of climate variability and change; help African institutions gain better access to knowledge and technologies for climate monitoring, prediction and projection; facilitate synergies and harmonization between existing and upcoming climate-related projects in Africa.

The declaraion further requests the EU and AUC to include GFCS implementation in Africa within the Partnership on Climate and Environment of the Joint Africa EU Strategy, and to identify funds for its implementation at continental, regional and national levels. It also requests that the AUC reinforce its leading role in reaching a common African position in climate change negotiations and in the implementation of GFCS in Africa, and urges the nternational community to provide resources for its implementation. [WMO Press Release] [Addis Ababa Declaration]