On December 22, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) held the fourth consultative meeting on implementation of the Letter of Intent between WMO and CMA to Promote Regional Meteorological Cooperation and Co-build the Belt and Road (thereafter referred to as the Letter) online. Mr. Yu Yong, Deputy Administrator of CMA, Dr. Zhang Wenjian, Assistant Secretary-General of WMO, and Ms. Mary Power, the Director of Department of Member Services and Development of WMO attended the online meeting.
The meeting reviewed the cooperative progresses since the last consultative meeting and discussed future plan and specific measures. In the past one year, both sides have relied on institutions like World Meteorological Centre-Beijing (WMC-BJ), and other WMO centres undertaken by CMA, and myriad approaches like remote meeting, which have yielded fruitful results in the implementation of relevant plans and programmes of WMO at the regional level.
Yu Rong expressed that both sides have steadily pushed forward the implementation of the Letter, and scored conspicuous results in areas like international application and service of Fengyun meteorological satellites, promotion of cooperation on the strength of global and regional centres, and international training. He hoped that both sides could reinforce cooperation in fields such as Fengyun satellites serving global users, undertaking WMO demonstration programmes, and joining hands in cooperation and activities, elevating the capacity and level of countries along “Belt and Road”.
Zhang Wenjian remarked that WMO recognized the progresses both sides made in terms of “Belt and Road” meteorological cooperation in 2020, spoke highly of China overcoming difficulties in 2020, and the contribution both sides made in the implementation of relevant projects and programmes and the promotion of global meteorological capacity development. He anticipated that CMA further consolidated communication and coordination with WMO, and jointly chartered the course and propel the cooperative plans in 2021. (Dec. 24)
Editor: Liu Shuqiao