National Center Of Meteorology Helps Set Global Priorities At The World Meteorological Congress In Geneva
A distinguished UAE delegation led HE Dr Abdulla Al Mandous, the Executive Director of the National Center of Meteorology (NCM) has concluded an outstandingly successful participation at the Eighteenth session of the World Meteorological Congress in Geneva. Highlights of the Congress included the election of Professor Dr Gerhard Adrian from the Federal Republic of Germany as the new President of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the reappointment of Petteri Taalas from Republic of Finland as Secretary-General of the WMO to acclaim from all the organization’s 193 member countries. In addition to HE Dr Abdulla Al Mandous, President of Regional Association II (RA II) ASIA of the WMO since 2017, five members from the Asia region were elected to the WMO’s board of directors. The event also saw the approval of a new collaborative framework entitled ‘Ocean Dialogue’ – which also coincided with the United Nations’ World Oceans Day on June 8 – designed to galvanize the international community’s efforts to ensure the sustainable management of oceans and provide a better tomorrow for present and future generations by boosting inter-agency coordination and cooperation and contributing to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030. In his capacities of Executive Director of NCM and the President of Regional Association II (RA II) ASIA of the WMO, Dr Al Mandoos led the RA II Asia team of 35 member countries and chaired a consultation meeting of Permanent Representatives and Members of the General Secretariat for the election of the WMO Executive Council Members for Asia. Dr Al Mandous also submitted his Presidential Report for Asia at the meeting, which highlighted the successful and ongoing rollout of a wide range of innovative meteorological programs and projects in the Asian region. Commenting on the UAE delegation’s work at the Congress, Dr Al Mandous said: "We are proud to play an active role representing the UAE within the major forums for global cooperation on the science and understanding of meteorology. By driving international efforts to advance meteorological science and weather readiness through international collaboration, the NCM is working to fulfill the UAE Innovation Strategy’s quest to build a leading global knowledge economy in accordance with the Abu Dhabi 2030 Vision", Effective UAE participation was seen in a meeting of the GCC Standing Committee for Meteorology and Climate to discuss how to maintain and develop essential weather forecasting infrastructure in the region, with a particular emphasis on the need for enhanced satellite coverage of the Arabian Peninsula. In addition, an important meeting took place between representatives from the Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for the Gulf Arab States and the China Meteorological Administration to finalize details of an MOU on potential regional applications of China’s FY weather satellites. The World Meteorological Congress, the supreme body of the WMO, assembles member state delegations every four years to determine the general policies, elect the President and Vice-Presidents of the Organization and members of the Executive Council, and appoint the Secretary-General. The Executive Council implements the Congress' decisions, while six Regional Associations lead the coordination of meteorological, hydrological and related activities within their respective regions. In addition, eight Technical Commissions establish methodologies and procedures and make recommendations to the Executive Council and the Congress. Since joining WMO in 1986, the UAE has dynamically aligned its strategy with all resolutions and recommendations adopted by the Organization and drive collective global efforts to enhance scientific analysis of atmospheric phenomena and provision of climate services. NCM was established in 2007 to boost the UAE’s status in meteorology and seismic monitoring, while effectively enhancing the safety of life and property through the provision of meteorological and seismic services to all sectors. The Center aims to collect and process meteorological and seismic information, monitor the changes occurring in the atmosphere, and provide meteorological services and seismic engineering to all sectors. About the National Center of Meteorology In 2007, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a Federal Decree Law No (6) establishing the National Center of Meteorology (NCM). The Center provides atmospheric monitoring, meteorological and seismological research services that cover all the UAE and also provide relevant regional information. The NCM also regularly exchanges data and information with regional and international organizations, according to rules and obligations set by the World Meteorological Organization and International Organization of Civil Aviation. Also, the Center pursues its mission through support for public authorities, private organizations and developed infrastructure: in this context, the NCM serves numerous sectors in the country including aviation, marine industries, agriculture, manufacturing industry and the oil sector.