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The WMO Regional Office for Europe, as well as the WMO Secretariat, will be closed from 25 December 2020 to 3 January 2021. 

This is the time of introspection, this is the time of celebrations, this is the time to be grateful for the blessings of the past year and the blessings waiting in the coming year.

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for 2021!

Regional Reform

The Association agreed to have the eighteenth session in three parts  (A, B, C) during 2020/2021.

Part A, on 20 November 2020, focused on a comprehensive reform of Regional Association business and processes as requested by the 18th session of the World Meteorological Congress in 2019.

Part B, planned for June 2021, will propose a way forward bearing in mind the characteristics of the region, including the diversity and capacity levels of Members.
 
Part C, planned for November 2021, will have a High-level ministerial segment with a potential launch of a regional flagship product, such as the 2021 Statement of Climate Status in Europe.
 
To read more click HERE.

Monitoring of drought, vegetation and crop yield

The World Meteorological Organisation, the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites joined its efforts and resources towards the development of the Member States’ capabilities to monitor drought, vegetation and crop yield.

This tenth edition turned virtual because of pandemic and focused on Southeast and East Europe. The experts of the Ministries of Agriculture and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services participated in a three weeks virtual training course, from 23 November to 11 December 2020.

The trainees have learned how to access and use a range of tools as well as regional and global products, made available by WMO partner institutions, such as FAO, EUMETSAT and Joint Research Center. 

It is relevant to be noted that the course has been supported by the Slovenian Environment Agency through the Drought Management Center for Southeastern Europe and the Romanian Meteorological Administration through the evolving Regional Agrometerological Centre.  

Click HERE to read more.

Forum of Regional Climate Center ' Users

WMO Reform is expected to have an impact on the regional structure, including RCC. The communication of RCC with users needs to be improved. As part of the Quality Management process, the RCC Consortium addressed a survey to its users and convened them in a forum.

Six virtual sessions were conducted in three consecutive mornings from 20 to 22 October 2020 convening the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), the Regional Climate Outlook Forums, the Regional Training Centers, the Climate Programme of EUMETNET and COPERNICUS Programme of the European Commission.

It has been noted that NMHSs should go beyond the user's role to a partner role of RA VI RCC and provide more data for assimilation to enhance seasonal forecasting. There are needs for new and enhanced climate products. Tailored services and products for the users should be developed, and MEDCOF, within the MEDSCOPE project, develops a prototype of climate services to be implemented and operationalized. Furthermore, the participants agreed that a peer to peer learning is needed on interaction with users on energy, agriculture, and other sectors. 

The Forum compiled a roadmap and passed it over to the RCC Coordination Team of the RCC Consortium, which on its turn agreed on collaborating towards its implementation. 

For more information click HERE

WMO and IATA Collaborative AMDAR Programme

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Meteorological Organization have signed an agreement on 26 October 2020 to increase and improve the automated reporting of meteorological data by commercial aircraft.

The new initiative, so-called the WMO and IATA Collaborative AMDAR Programme (WICAP), aims to expand the existing WMO Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) system to ensure coverage over data-sparse areas. It is expected to bring many additional and new partner airlines into the program, which is already supported by approximately 40 airlines cover several thousand passenger and cargo aircraft.

WMO and European Commission forge closer ties

On 14 December 2020, the World Meteorological Organization has signed a formal working arrangement with the European Commission on issues of common interest relating to weather, climate, atmospheric environment and hydrology and in support of Europe’s Green Deal.

The arrangement lays out potential areas of cooperation. These include climate change; disaster risk reduction and emergency response; capacity development of early warning systems, Earth observation; water, hydrology and the environment; energy; health; transport; agriculture; coastal zone management; sustainable development; education, training and research.

It was signed at a virtual ceremony by WMO Secretary-General Professor Petteri Taalas and European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel.

Welcome and congratulations to the newly appointed Permanent Representatives with WMO:

Prof. Asoc Ylber Muceku

Head 
Institute of GeoSciences, Energy, Water and Environment 
Permanent Representative of Albania with WMO 

Mr Aliaksandr Kanavalchyk 
Director
Hydrological and Meteorological Service
Permanent Representative of Belarus with WMO

Mr Igor Kovacic
Assistant Director  
Republic Hydrometeorological Institute
Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina with WMO

Dr Jussi Kaurola 
Director
Meteorological Institute
Permanent Representative of Finland with WMO

Mr Ra'ed Ahmad Subhi Rafid
Acting Director, Meteorological Directorate
Permanent Representative of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan with WMO

Mr Ingemars  Harmsens  
Director
Centre for Environment, Geology and Meteorology
Permanent Representative of Latvia with WMO

Mr Kęstutis Šetkus
Director
Hydrometeorological Service
Permanent Representative of Lithuania with WMO

Ms Bodil Aarhus Andræ
Acting Director
Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
Permanent Representative of Sweden with WMO

List of events, planned for the first quarter 2021 (subject of confirmation)


January

EC Task Force on the WMO Regional concept 
RA VI High-Level Task Team on Regional Concept
RA VI High-Level Task Team on Inter-, intra-regional collaboration and cooperation, and development partnerships
RA VI Management Group
RA VI Working Group on Infrastructure 
RA VI Task Team on the WMO Information System
27 January, P.M.: SEE-MHEWS Project Steering Committee (Confirmed)
RA VI Task Team on WMO Integrated Global Observing System 
RA VI Task Team on Aircraft-Based Observations 

February

RA VI Working Group on Services 
RA VI Working Group on Research 
RA VI Task Team on Sustainable Development Goals
RA VI Task Team on Hydrology 
RA VI Task Team on Global Multi-Hazard Alert System 
Training Course on OSCAR/Surface for SEE-MHEWS-A 

March

15-16 March: Peer-learning sessions of the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development
17-18 March: Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE region
22 March: Regional dialogue on water, a Food Summit event, planned for World Water Day
23 March: World Meteorological Day
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