UAE To Participate In GCC Meteorology And Climate Standing Committee Meeting
The National Center of Meteorology (NCM) will represent the UAE at the 11th annual meeting of the GCC Meteorology and Climate Standing Committee. Set to run from August 27 to 28, 2019 in the Sultanate of Oman, the meeting will examine the decisions made by the Supreme Council in line with the vision of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to promote GCC-wide collaboration and volunteer work in the meteorology and climate domains. In addition, it will review the recommendations of the GCC Meteorology and Climate Standing Committee as well as the proposals of its General Secretariat. The meeting will also look into the proposal to support the UAE’s bid to host the 17th session of the Regional Association II (Asia) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The UAE delegation to the meeting will be headed by His Excellency Dr. Abdulla Al Mandous, Executive Director of NCM and the President of Regional Association II (ASIA) of WMO. Highlighting the significance of the country’s participation in the meeting, Dr. Al Mandous stressed that its agenda encompassed various topics and proposals focused on the meteorological service provision challenges of the GCC countries. Dr Al Mandous said: "Our participation in this meeting articulates the vision of the country’s wise leadership in strengthening the collaboration among the GCC countries in various areas related to meteorology and climate. The support extended by other GCC countries to the UAE’s bid to host the 17th session of the Regional Association II (Asia) is a key item being tabled this year. NCM’s consistent efforts in the meteorology and climate domains have helped the country and emerge as a major destination for regional and international organizations specializing in climate science, as well as a key hub for promoting the latest technologies and research covering weather & climate monitoring & analysis, forecasting, warning, and rain enhancement science." The other key agendas to be highlighted in the discussion are: Development of a GCC strategic plan for cooperation and joint action Formulation of a unified GCC Meteorological Law Enhanced Meteorological service provision for Aviation Web Portal for the GCC Secretariat & Youtube GCC channel for Meteorology MoU between GCC and CHINA Meteorological Agency The meeting will also discuss: on the performance of the existing regional and sub-regional centers in the GCC region; and the way forward to optimize those services for the benefit of the GCC members. In addition, the meeting will provide a platform to share the best practices and learned experiences in areas such as cooperation with Private sectors and the continued uptake of Technological advances as well as on the mechanisms of countering cyber-attacks in the region. The National Center of Meteorology is a member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), its executive council, the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, the Tropical Cyclone Committee for Indian Ocean, the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Ministers for Meteorology and Climate Affairs, the Permanent Arab Meteorological Organization, and the Regional Association II (ASIA) of WMO.