Zheng Guoguang attends WMO theme activity in Geneva

28-06-2012 Source:China Meteorological News Press

Zheng Guoguang addressed the theme activity in Geneva.


Along with Zheng Guoguang, WMO President David Grimes and WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud attended the activity.

 

On June 27, the Permanent Mission of the PRC to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland and China Meteorological Administration (CMA) held a theme activity on meteorological service and sustainable development. WMO President David Grimes, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, and others attended the activity, which was chaired by CMA Deputy Administrator Shen Xiaonong.


Addressing at the activity, Wu Haitao, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for Disarmament Affairs and Deputy Permanent Representative of the PRC to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations, expressed that, sustainable development is a major consensus of the international community and also a common responsibility of the whole world. Chinese government is an active participator and contributor to the global sustainable development undertaking. Meteorological service is an important part of the sustainable development and will make greater contributions to the global economic and social sustainable development.


Zheng Guoguang says meteorological service makes a unique contribution to the sustainable development in many aspects, from poverty eradication, food security, water resources management, disaster prevention and mitigation, climate change adaptation, developing renewable energy sources to public health and human resources development.


He stresses that China has been making efforts to facilitate the implementation of five priority areas defined by the 16th World Meteorological Congress, including the GFCS, WIGOS and WIS, disaster risk reduction, capacity development and aviation meteorological service.  These actions include China fully supports the GFCS programme and will contribute 100 thousand Swiss Francs to the GFCS Trust Fund this year. China presented 22 CMACast user stations and the MICAPS forecasting systems to 19 Asia countries last year, which will greatly facilitate their data access and forecasting capability, thus contributing to their disaster risk reduction. In this year, China will hold two China Study Tours for African countries. The long-term scholarships offered by the Chinese Ministry of Education and WMO Regional Training Center in Nanjing to the undergraduate and graduate students in the developing countries will be raised from 10 to 20 in number on an annual basis.  


On June 27, Zheng Guoguang met with Dr. Chaudhry, Pakistan permanent representative with WMO and signed an arrangement on strengthening cooperation on meteorological information sharing. CMA agrees to provide more detailed products on numerical weather forecast, climate and disastrous weather. Zheng also met with meteorological directors from Canada, Russia, and UK. (Jun. 28)   


CMA and Pakistan Meteorological department signed a cooperation arrangement on meteorological information sharing. 


Zheng Guoguang met with Dr. David Grimes, Director-General of Canada Meteorological Service.


Zheng Guoguang met with Mr. Alexander V.  FROLOV, Director-General of Roshydromet.


Zheng Guoguang met with John Hirst, Director-General of Met. Office.


 

A speech at the Chinese Reception In Honor of the Participants in the 64th session of WMO Executive Council
Dr. Zheng Guoguang, PR of China with WMO
Geneva, 27 June 2012 

 

Distinguished Ambassador WU Haitao, 
Distinguished WMO President Dr. David Grimes, and WMO Secretary- General Mr. Michel Jarraud,
Distinguished Ambassadors,
Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Good evening!


It's my great pleasure to have you here.  


 

Just now, Ambassador WU made a brief review of the efforts made by the international community in supporting the sustainable development, and the results stemmed from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development recently held in Rio de Janeiro. He, in particular, mentioned the importance of meteorological services to securing the sustainable development, and the commitment made by the Chinese government to international cooperation in the area of meteorology.   


I'm honored to be part of the efforts of UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability in drafting the Report "Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing" that was released in January 2012. This report contains 56 recommendations to put sustainable development into practice. Many recommendations, proposed in the context of meteorology, ask national governments and international organizations to increase resources for climate change adaptation and disasters risk reduction. I’m glad to see that some of the results derived from the Panel’s report have become part of the outcome of the Rio+20 Conference.    


Meteorology plays an important role in supporting and securing the sustainable development. Accurate and timely weather, climate and water forecast help both the government and the public make right decisions, protecting people's lives and their livelihoods, and social prosperity. Meteorological service makes a unique contribution to the sustainable development in many aspects, from poverty eradication, food security, water resources management, disaster prevention and mitigation, climate change adaptation, developing renewable energy sources to public health and human resources development.    


Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,


China is an active Member of WMO activities, and we are willing to make due contribution to the world’s sustainable development and harmonious development. China has been making efforts to facilitate the implementation of five priority areas defined by the 16th World Meteorological Congress, including the GFCS, WIGOS and WIS, disaster risk reduction, capacity development and aviation meteorological service.   

        
Taking this opportunity, I would like to introduce some major actions taken by China on those priority areas recently.


First, China fully supports the GFCS programme and will contribute 100 thousand Swiss Francs to the GFCS Trust Fund this year. In addition, we are willing to share with other Members our experience in implementing climate services, and we will improve the service function of the Beijing Climate Centre, which is a designated WMO Regional Climate Center.


Secondly, I reaffirm our commitment to the WIS and WIGOS and Disaster Risk Reduction programmes. China is now hosting a range of international centers, including WMO’s Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre, Regional Climate Centre, Global Information System Centre, Regional Training Centre, and Regional Instrument Centre. As you might have noticed, China presented 22 CMACast user stations and/or the MICAPS forecasting systems to 19 Asia countries last year, which will greatly facilitate their data access and forecasting capability, thus contributing to their disaster risk reduction.  


Thirdly, China always pays high attention to the capacity development programme of WMO and is one of the main contributors in VCP programme. As an example, I am pleased to inform you that a China Study tour in conjunction with a Workshop on Human Resource Development was organized for African countries in May this year, sharing with them our experience in modernizing the meteorological service. Another China Study Tour will also be organized for African countries in August this year. In addition, the long-term scholarships offered by the Chinese Ministry of Education and WMO Regional Training Center in Nanjing to the undergraduate and graduate students in the developing countries will be raised from 10 to 20 in number on an annual basis.


In summary, China is willing to work with the international community to make a greater contribution to the sustainable development of the world through our timely and quality meteorological service. CMA will continue to support various activities of WMO and enhance cooperation with other WMO Members.


Thank you!

 

Reporter Xu Xianghua
Editor Zhang Yong  

 






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