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GFCS Newsletter No. 10
October - December 2013
In this issue:
- Implementation Activities
- Recent Events
- Resource Mobilization
- Upcoming Events
Implementation Activities

The Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa

The Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa was officially launched at the Africa Climate Conference 2013. The programme is a collaborative effort of WMO, the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO), the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organization (WHO). The programme will help build integrated frameworks to develop climate services for food security, nutrition and health, as well as disaster risk reduction in Malawi and Tanzania. It received funding from Norway (USD 10 million) under an agreement signed by WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud and State Secretary Hans Brattskar of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs  on 21 November in Warsaw.
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Programme for Implementing the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) at Regional and National Scales
The Programme, supported through a grant of CAD 6 138 000 from Environment Canada, directly contributes to GFCS implementation at the Regional and National level in the Pacific, the Caribbean, South Asia and the Arctic. Its main objective is to enhance resilience in social, economic and environmental systems to climate variability and change. The Programme aims to strengthen the capacities of Regional Climate Centers and National Meteorological Services in selected Regions and countries. As a first step, a Regional consultation is being planned for Small Island Developing States in the Pacific from 30 March to 5 April 2014 in the Cook Islands.
National Consultation on a Framework for Climate Services in Belize
Belize City, Belize, 30 October - 1 November
Following the recommendations of the Regional consultation for the Caribbean (Port of Spain, 29-31 May 2013), a National consultation for climate services was held in Belize. Organized by the National Meteorological Service, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) and WMO, the consultation brought together practitioners and decision-makers from government institutions, universities and the private sector. The participants agreed on the necessity to develop a five-year strategy to strengthen the National Meteorological Service of Belize and to institutionalize a National framework for climate services. Next steps include the creation of an inter-ministerial committee, the establishment of public-private partnerships and the first National outlook forum that will be organized with WMO support.
First Annual Meeting of Clim-Health Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa, 1 - 3 October
Established in June 2013, Clim-Health Africa is a WHO informal network of institutions that supports public health adaptation to climate change in Africa. It is a tangible contribution to the implementation of GFCS, the International Health Regulations and the Climate for Development in Africa Programme (ClimDev-Africa Programme).
Clim-Health Africa first annual meeting led to the establishment of an interim scientific advisory committee, the development of an operational plan for 2014 and the agreement on joint fund-raising projects.
http://www.wmo.int/pages/publications/bulletin_en/clim-health-africa_en.html
Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services (IBCS) Chair’s Visit to GFCS Office
Geneva, Switzerland, 23-25 October
The Chair of IBCS, Dr. Anton Eliassen, met with GFCS Office Head, Filipe Lúcio and WMO officials to review decisions of IBCS-1, receive updates on GFCS activities and discuss the Partners Advisory Committee and GFCS data policy. A video conference with the IBCS Co-Chair was held during the second day of the visit to exchange views on GFCS technical and organizational matters. The possibility of secondments to the GFCS Office from WMO Members and partner organizations was also discussed. Dr. Eliassen recommended the development of an executive summary that would provide an overview of GFCS Implementation Plan and include its annexes and exemplars. 
Recent Events

Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 19)

Warsaw,  Poland, 11-22 November

Credit: UNEP
WMO provided updates on GFCS implementation progress to COP 19. GFCS will be WMO contribution to the Warsaw international mechanism for loss and damage associated with climate change impacts that was established at COP 19. COP 19 also took note of GFCS work in the water and health areas, and its relevance for the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.
GFCS was discussed in many side events. WMO Deputy Secretary General, Jeremiah Lengoasa, delivered a speech on the role of observations in support of adaptation at the side event on ‘Dialogue with the systematic observation community on activities relevant to the Convention’.
Third International Water Association (IWA) Development Congress and Exhibition
Nairobi, Kenya, 14 - 17 October

The third IWA Development Congress focused on water and sanitation issues in the urban context of low to middle income countries. One particular point of interest was on the water – food – energy nexus, a topic which is key to GFCS.  WMO organized a workshop on ‘Climate services for risk assessments and risk reduction of hydro-meteorological events’ with attention given to the partnerships between meteorological services and water operators, dam managers and river basin managers around Africa. The workshop helped to bridge the gap between the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of the region, water agencies and providers in order to enhance climate services for the water sector.  GFCS participation in the event provided also an excellent opportunity to tie the outcomes of the High Level Meeting on Drought Policy to the goals of the GFCS and to apply them to the drought-prone areas of the Horn of Africa.
http://www.iwa2013nairobi.org/
Africa Climate Conference 2013
Arusha, Tanzania, 15 - 18 October

The Africa Climate Conference organized by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) and the Universty of Dar Es Salaam brought together decision-makers, climate researchers, scientists and practitioners from Africa and around the world.  The main achievement of the conference is an ambitious, coordinated research agenda that seeks to advance climate knowledge that better informs adaptation decision-making and climate risk management in Africa, and provides policy-makers and vulnerable communities with operational climate services. The implementation of the agenda will be a direct contribution to the Research, Modeling and Prediction component or pillar of the GFCS. 
http://africaclimateconference.org/
Third Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA III)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 21 - 23 October
The overall objective of the conference was to build on CCDA I and II and stimulate debate among experts and stakeholders on how opportunities in climate change can enhance Africa’s transformative and inclusive economic growth and development agenda.
The work of the 500 participants from governments, the academia and civil society focused on identifying approaches to strengthen Africa's ability to prepare better for transformational development in the light of climate change. The development of Africa is highly sensitive to the occurrence of weather and climate extremes. The continent will therefore greatly benefit from the availability of effective climate services developed by GFCS to support decision-making and adaptation efforts.
http://www.climdev-africa.org/ccda3
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) General Assembly
Sydney, Australia, 12 – 15 November
IFRC General Assembly was the occasion for Member National Societies to present their achievements and discuss challenges and future directions. GFCS was invited to attend the meeting and contribute a presentation on aspects of climate information in the context of education, raising youth awareness and post-2015 development agenda. The representative from the Senegalese Red Cross acknoledged how climate services have empowered local farmers and made them more resilient to food shortages.
Executive Council Task Team on WMO policy for international exchange of climate data and products to support the implementation of GFCS
Geneva, Switzerland, 12 – 14 November
Tasked by the Sixteenth Congress of WMO, the Executive Council met in Geneva to prepare a draft resolution for the exchange of climate relevant data and products needed for GFCS climate services. The document builds on Resolution 40 (Cg-XII) for the exchange of meteorological and related data and products and Resolution 25 (Cg-XIII) for the Exchange of hydrological data and products.
The draft resolution will be presented at WMO Executive Council (18-27 June 2014) with the view of a final resolution on the matter being put to the World Meteorological Congress in 2015. The meeting was chaired by WMO President and attended by representatives from the Regions and WMO Technical Commissions.
Third International Conference on Climate Services (ICCS 3)
Montego Bay, Jamaica, 3 - 6 December
Credit: Francesco Fiondella/International Research Institute for Climate & Society
GFCS was a permanent feature in the discussions held at the ICCS 3 and contributed to the climate services ethics side event on 3 December with an intervention on the political and institutional considerations of climate service provision. Participants discussed ethical issues associated with climate services by playing the roles of providers and users in a game called “Taking Science to Society”. The side event concluded with an agreement on the development of guiding principles for climate service providers entitled “A Climate Community Code of Conduct”. 
http://www.climate-services.org/iccs/iccs-3/home
Resource Mobilization

People’s Republic of Bangladesh contributed CHF 1 780 to GFCS
The Director of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department informed the Secretary General of WMO of the willingness of the country to contribute CHF 1 780 to GFCS Trust Fund in light of its vulnerability to climate related events and its interest in benefitting from GFCS.
 
Switzerland contributed CHF 150 000 to GFCS
The contribution is in support of the organization of the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services (IBCS-2) that will be held on 10 - 14 November 2014 in Geneva. This is in addition to the contribution of Switzerland in support of GFCS Secretariat. 
Upcoming events
 
30/03/14 – 05/04/14
Regional Consultation on GFCS for Small Island Developing States in the Pacific, Cook Islands
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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