From 23 to 25 February, the 53rd annual Session of the Typhoon Committee was held online. The Session was convened by the Typhoon Committee, under the auspices of the Uniated Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The officials and experts in the fields of meteorology, hydrology and disaster preparedness and reduction participated in the session to discuss the development of new plans to improve regional level of typhoon disasters preparedness and reduction. Mr. Yu Yong, Deputy Administrator of China Meteorological Administration (CMA) led the Chinese delegation to attend the meeting in Beijing.
At the session, the Committee reviewed the progress made in 2020, made plans for activities to be undertaken in 2021, covering strategic and development issues such as the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2017-2021 and the preparation for the update of the Strategic Plan for 2022-2026.
The session elected Hasegawa Naoyuki, Director-General of Japan Meteorological Agency as the new Chairman of the Typhoon Committee.
The Committee also requested to retire the typhoon names of Linfa, Vongfong, Molave, Goni and Vamco because of their significant impacts on the members. The replacement names will be decided in the next session.
At the session, China's proposal of establishing a new Asia-Pacific Typhoon Collaborative Research Center in Shanghai was adopted and received wide support from the Typhoon Committee members. In the future, relying on the new Center, China will carry out joint research with other members, promote typhoon research and enhance regional disaster preparedness and reduction capabilities. (Feb.28)
Editor Hao Jing