On February 3, 2021 WMO Secretary General Briefing to Permanent Representatives was held online, which consulted on how to further reinforce global meteorological governance and cooperation. Mr. Yu Yong, Deputy Administrator of China Meteorological Administration (CMA) attended the meeting in Beijing.
Prof. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of WMO, reviewed the reform progress of WMO in 2020; introduced contents like global observing systems, climate conditions, public and private partnership (PPP), and carbon emissions; pointed out challenges incurred by weather and climate observation data deficiency in some regions, and imperfections or deficiencies in disaster reduction mechanisms and early warning systems to global disaster preparedness. WMO will continue to hold meetings online and push ahead relevant work and reforms against the backdrop of grave global Covid-19 pandemic condition. He expected that all regions could narrow the infrastructure gap, ramp up training and scholarship support, expand early warning system construction, improve meteorological and hydrological observing systems, and continue to elevate meteorological services and disaster preparedness capacities.
Mr. Yu Rong expressed gratitude to WMO for its contributions to aspects like global natural disasters defense, response to climate change, and epidemic control during the exchanges. He remarked that CMA would continue to support WMO in conducting work via online meetings, hoped that WMO will create more opportunities and values in terms of climate resources development and carbon neutrality, and offered suggestions to WMO in the field of online meeting preparations and resources utilization, which received the positive response from Petteri Taalas.
During the meeting, WMO President and 10 WMO member representatives from Australia, Tanzania, Guinea, South Africa, China, India, and Japan carried out interactions and exchanges in terms of topics like infrastructure, early warning mechanisms, data exchange, reform assessment, and meetings organization and preparations in 2021. (Feb. 5)
Author: Hao Jing
Editor: Liu Shuqiao