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GFCS Newsletter No. 11
December 2013 - March 2014
In this issue:
- Implementation Activities
- Recent Events
- Upcoming Events
Implementation Activities

“Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa” kicks off in Tanzania and Malawi

“Kick-off” meetings have taken place in February in the United Republic of Tanzania and Malawi to launch the GFCS Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa, which aims to build resilience in disaster risk management, food security, nutrition and health. The meetings brought together project partners to initiate detailed activity planning at country levels, launch the process for establishing the frameworks for climate services at national level and set-up the national structures required for management of the programme. 

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Belize advancing its framework for climate services

Credit: CARICOF
Following the national consultation held in Belize last October 2013, the country has made outstanding progress. The National Climate Change Committee has endorsed the formation of the inter-ministerial subcommittee that is tasked with (i) the development of a strategy paper for the further enhancement of the Belize Meteorological Service to address climate services, (ii) the redefinition of the mission and vision of the Belize Meteorological Service to include provision of climate services, and (iii) promoting the benefits and need for climate services. The terms of reference of the subcommittee will be considered by the meeting of the National Climate Change Committee in April. As part of the agreed activities at the national consultation, a National Climate Outlook Forum (NCOF) is being organized just prior to the start of this year’s rainy season.

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WMO support to Haiti to minimize hurricane impact
The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), Michel Jarraud, has signed an agreement with the Haitian President, Michel Martelly, to improve weather, climate and hydrology forecasting. The agreement involves a project funded by the Canadian government (5.86 million USD) to be coordinated and managed by WMO. The project contributes to GFCS implementation.

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Recent Events

Agriculture and Food Security Exemplar meeting

Rome, Italy, 24-25 February
Credit: Neil Palmer (International Center for Tropical Agriculture)
A meeting to coordinate the implementation of the GFCS Agriculture and Food Security Exemplar was held on 24-25 February at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. The participants from FAO, WMO, World Food Programme (WFP), Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Italian Meteorological Service agreed on concrete next steps, including annual meetings at the sessions of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services to take stock of implementation of the Agriculture and Food Security Exemplar.
National Climate Outlook Forum in Mozambique
Maputo, Mozambique, 3-6 March
A pilot NCOF has taken place in Mozambique to bring together providers of climate information with the users – water managers, city councils, the energy sector, health authorities, research and academic institutes, farmers, fishermen, private agricultural companies – as well as international development agencies. A special segment was dedicated to agrometeorology. The Mozambique NCOF is regarded as a test case for the implementation of GFCS.

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GFCS Briefings with partners and missions
Washington, D.C and New York, U.S., 24-28 February
The Directors of the GFCS Office and the WMO Cabinet and External Relations, as well as the WMO Representative to the United Nations, briefed key stakeholders in Washington on the status of implementation of the GFCS. The briefings offered an opportunity to discuss collaboration between the GFCS and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank and others. The briefing to Missions, held in New York, raised awareness of the benefits and needs of the GFCS in order to stimulate the inclusion of climate services as a direct contribution to resilience and adaptation to climate variability in the discussions leading up to the Post-2015 processes. 
High level conference on Green economy
Oran, Algeria, 22-23 February
The ministerial conference on the Green Economy recognized that climate change constitutes a major obstacle to economic development and poverty eradication in the continent. Improved use of scientific information in decision-making processes is critical to reverse this trend, leading to long term resilience. By building the appropriate capacity to develop and use climate services, the GFCS will be contributing directly to addressing immediate needs for adaptation to climate variability and change.

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Upcoming events
 
17/03/14 â€“ 21/03/14
World Climate Research Programme Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean: Developing, linking, and applying climate knowledge
Montevideo, Uruguay
 
26-28/03/2014
National Consultation in Senegal
Dakar, Senegal
 
31/03/14 – 04/04/14
Regional Consultation on GFCS for Small Island Developing States in the Pacific
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
 
5-8/05/2014
Fifth Africa Regional Platform
Abuja, Nigeria
 
27-29/05/2014
Americas Regional Platform
Guayaquil, Ecuador
 
2-4/06/2014
Pacific Regional Platform
Suva, Fiji
 
10-12/06/2014
Arab States Regional Platform
Sharm-El-Sheik, Egypt
 
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