From November 18 to 19, Global Multi-Hazard Alert System in Asia (GMAS-A) Workshop was held in Haikou, Hainan. Representatives and experts from World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and 16 countries and territories of Asia in the field of disaster preparedness have carried out discussions over GMAS-A construction.
Global Multi-Hazard Alert System in Asia (GMAS-A) Workshop was held in Hainan Photoed by Huang ZhiqiangThis workshop is co-sponsored by China Meteorological Administration (CMA), WMO, Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), Thailand Meteorological Department, and Department of Meteorology and Hydrology of Myanmar. Mr. Yu Yong, Deputy Administrator of CMA, Dr. Zhang Wenjian, Assistant Secretary General of WMO, Mr. Phuwieng Prakhammintara, Director General of Thailand Meteorological Department, and Mr. Win Maw, Deputy Director General of Department of Meteorology and Hydrology of Myanmar attended the workshop.
Yu Yong expressed that GMAS construction was an important initiative of WMO in response to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and its concept coincided with the concept of Belt and Road Initiative and building a human community with a shared future proposed by China. The construction of GMAS-A is conducive to beefing up international exchanges and coordination of disaster hazard management in Asia, promoting consultation, contribution and shared benefits, and elevating regional disaster preparedness level.
Zhang Wenjian underscored that GMAS was a crucial component of WMO future global service system. Global service system will become another milestone right after global observing system, global information system and global seamless prediction system. He hoped that Asian countries could reinforce cooperation, and make great strides in jointly advance the construction of GMAS-A.
CMA and HKO undertook the construction of GMAS-A. Currently, the structure of this system is nearly accomplished and has been connected to early warning information of 7 countries and territories in Asia. During this event, Yu Yong conferred the use certificate of multilingual early warning information dissemination system to representatives present at this event. (Nov. 21)
Author: Zhang Yong, Li Gen, Fu Xiaohong, Xu Jia
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