WMO and CMA co-held side meeting on meteorological cooperation for "Belt and Road"

25-06-2018Source:China Meteorological News Press

Group Photo of participants Photoed by Yu Jun

The Side Event for World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and China Meteorological Administration (CMA) Cooperation on Belt and Road was opened on June 22 in Geneva, Switzerland. Ms. Liu Yaming, Administrator of CMA; H. E. Fu Cong, Deputy Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland; Dr. David Grimes, WMO President; Prof. Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary General, higher officials of WMO Secretariat, and delegations from Executive Council member states attended this event.

This event aims to implement the “Belt and Road” Initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jiping, and specifically delivers on the commitment to provide meteorological services for all parties of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) by harnessing FY-2 meteorological satellites.

“Belt and Road” construction constitutes a significant component for China to realize all-round opening up. Ms. Liu Yaming expressed that reinforcing “Belt and Road” meteorological cooperation will propel mutual learning, cordial cooperation and win-win situation among meteorological undertaking for countries along “Belt and Road”. She reviewed key measures cooperated by CMA and WMO under the “Belt and Road” Initiative, with educational training, volunteer cooperative program, and meteorological infrastructure aid program in Africa included. She also introduced Fengyun meteorological satellite program. Among them, the meteorological satellite coded FY-2H will be cover the Indian Ocean and countries of South Asia, West Asia, Central Asia and most Africa. In addition, the FY-4 meteorological satellite was officially put into operation last May to provide data and product services to users around the world. The Emergency Support Mechanism for International Users of FengYun Meteorological Satellites in Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has been formally established, which will effectively elevate regional meteorological disaster prevention and mitigation and response to climate change.

H.E. Fu Cong remarked that the “Belt and Road”Initiative with the focus on common development and shared results was acclaimed by numerous countries across the globe. The vision of this Initiative is in line with the objective of WMO to promote international and regional meteorological cooperation and exchanges. He welcomed more countries to actively engage in “Belt and Road” meteorological cooperation and benefit from it.

WMO President and Secretary General highly admired “Belt and Road” Initiative,and held the view that WMO’s Plan for the next 10 years coincided with the tenet of BRI. They affirmed the bilateral cooperation results, and CMA’s contribution to related WMO programs and plans. They hoped that China could share experience with developing countries, and provide more support for capacity building in those developing countries.

During this event, Ms. Liu Yaming and Prof. Peterri Taalas co-signed the Belt and Road Initiative Trust Fund Agreement. This Fund will support international exchanges, training programs, and other capacity building activities associated with “Belt and Road” meteorological cooperation. (Jun. 25)

Author: Xu Xianghua, Na Xiaodan

Editor: Liu Shuqiao

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