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GFCS Newsletter No. 13
June - October 2014

Credit: Kate Holt/IRIN 
In this issue:
- Implementation Activities
- Recent Events
- Upcoming Events
Implementation Activities

GFCS for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) partnership launched

A new partnership for strengthening weather and climate services in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in the Caribbean, South Pacific, Indian Ocean and other regions, was launched at the Third International Conference on SIDS.  The new partnership will reinforce the capacity of SIDS to cope with weather, climate, and water-related extreme events. It will strengthen preparedness and multi-hazard early warning systems, and improve access to timely and user-friendly weather and climate information. 
 
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GFCS kicks off in the Sahel

Credit: Jennifer Lazuta/IRIN 
On 11 August, a GFCS regional coordinator for the Sahel was designated at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) regional office in Dakar as part of a new GFCS/FAO initiative in partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council. The coordinator will provide system-wide substantive leadership to effectively coordinate the mainstreaming and use of climate services in different sectors and will provide high-level policy and technical advice on using climate services to the countries in the Sahel.
WMO and CADRI join forces
On 10 July, WMO joined as Observer the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI) led by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). CADRI enables better coordination at national level among partners such as UNDP, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP), FAO, World Health Organization (WHO) and others. WMO’s involvement in CADRI will facilitate country level implementation of GFCS. WMO is currently supporting CADRI in the development of a tool for performing capacity assessments and enhancing national capacity to reduce disaster risks, especially from hydro-meteorological hazards.
 
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Progress in Tanzania’s implementation of the National Framework for Climate Services
 
An extraordinary meeting of the Tanzania national body for disaster relief Coordination (TANDREC) was held on 14 August to discuss the implementation of the GFCS at the national level. The meeting agreed to have the existing disaster risk reduction platform serve as the national forum for sustained dialogue between users and providers of climate services in Tanzania. Secondly, TANDREC will serve as the Steering Committee for the development of the National Framework for Climate Services.

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Research priorities for the development of climate services in Latin America and Caribbean 
A set of climate research priorities for Latin America and the Caribbean has been identified by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), following its conference in Montevideo, Uruguay (17-21 March,  http://www.cima.fcen.uba.ar/WCRP/). The more than 200 scientists gathered at the conference put forward actions and initiatives to advance the regional research agenda, which will build on the achievements of the WCRP/CLIVAR Variability of the American Monsoon System study (VAMOS).

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Recent Events

Meeting on the Implementation Coordination of the GFCS
Geneva, Switzerland, 29 September - 1 October
The Meeting on the Implementation Coordination of GFCS brought together some 100 experts from meteorological and research organizations actively developing climate products, along with representatives of donor institutions and users from the four priority sectors of GFCS. The meeting reviewed projects being implemented in 16 countries. The meeting sought to reach agreement on a set of concrete activities to be implemented, which would bring together scientific/technical inputs and programme implementation at national level by partners to help develop and deliver climate services for the benefit of different communities.

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Regional workshop on implementation of weather and climate-related services in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Asia
Thimphu, Bhutan, 9-11 September 
This regional workshop brought together participants from the National and Hydrological Services of the eight (8) Asian LDCs namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Myanmar and YemenThe workshop provided opportunity for the Asian LDCs to share experiences and identify common challenges that can be tackled adopting a regional approach. 

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World Health Organization (WHO) Conference on Health and Climate
Geneva, Switzerland, 27-29 August
The first WHO global Conference on Health and Climate was held in Geneva on 27-29 August. The event aimed to empower the health and sustainable development communities to enhance resilience and protect health from climate change; identify health benefits associated with reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other climate pollutants; and support health-promoting climate change policies. 
 
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Regional Workshop on Climate Services at the National Level for Latin America
San José, Costa Rica, 28-30 July
This regional workshop was aimed at strengthening the provision of climate services – such as seasonal outlooks and El Niño forecasts – and tailoring them to user needs. The meeting, organized under the auspices of the GFCS, Costa Rica Instituto Meteorológico Nacional, Mexico’s Comisión Nacional del Agua (CONAGUA),  Spain’s  Agencia Estatal de Meteorologia (AEMET) and El Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Fenómeno de El Niño  (CIIFEN), agreed on a regional action plan that would lead to an operational framework for climate services in the region. 
 
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National Consultation on Climate Services for Dominica
Roseau, Dominica, 12-13 August

On 12-13 August a national GFCS consultation was held in Roseau, Dominica to discuss opportunities for improved climate services in various sectors, with a focus on health. The two-day meeting reviewed needs for climate information in the health sector, considered examples of current uses of climate information by other sectors in the country, and proposed opportunities to implement the GFCS and mainstream climate in the health sector. The consultation was organized by the Ministry of Health of Dominica, in collaboration with WHO/Pan-American Health Organization and WMO.
 
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Upcoming events

The Climate Symposium
Darmstadt, Germany, 13- 17 October
 
First meeting of the GFCS Partner Advisory Committee
Rome, Italy, 27-28 October
 
Conference on the Gender Dimensions of Weather and Climate Services
Geneva, Switzerland, 5-7 November
 
Second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services
Geneva, Switzerland, 10 – 14 November

3rd International Conference on El Niño "Bridging the gaps
between the Global ENSO Science and the regional processes,
extremes and impacts"

Guayaquil, Ecuador, 12–14 November

Second Session of the Preparatory Committee
of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Geneva, Switzerland, 17-18 November 

Announcement: WHO/WMO Invitation to submit Case Studies on Climate Services for Health  
The WHO/WMO Climate and Health Office will publish a collection of case studies to call attention to the value of Climate Services for Health. Please accept this invitation to contribute short case studies of your experiences that can help define and inform this emerging trans disciplinary field by 31 October 2014. 

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Special bulletin on IBCS-1
An information brochure on the Global Framework for Climate Service
E-book on Climate Services
General overview on GFCS
Atlas of Climate and Health
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