The Conference will be opened by H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania. World Meteorological Organization Deputy Secretary-General Jerry Lengoasa is guest speaker, with an address on “Defining a Common Climate Research Agenda for Africa: Addressing Priority Research Gaps to deliver Relevant Climate Services for End-Users in Africa.”
AMCOMET (http://www.wmo.int/amcomet), a joint initiative of the World Meteorological Organization and the African Union, will be featuring on a side event with UNESCO and the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). The panel will discuss the critical role of research and capacity development to promoting knowledge of the African climate.
AMCOMET will focus on role of the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services), developed under AMCOMET and endorsed by the African Union, which positions weather and climate services as essential components in national and regional development frameworks and highlights the need for the implementation of a structured GFCS in Africa. AMCOMET is expected to be a key platform in supporting the outcomes of the Africa Climate Conference 2013 (ACC2013).
A concrete pan-African and multi-disciplinary climate research program proposal is anticipated at the close of the Conference, and expected to be prominently featured during the Third Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA–III) which takes place in Ethiopia the 21 – 23 October 2013.
The African continent is particularly vulnerable to climate variability and climate change, poverty and environmental degradation constitute aggravating factors.
In Africa, the meteorological services operate under various ministerial departments – transport, equipment, agriculture, environment, etc. It is therefore important to strengthen the institutional framework for weather forecast, climate and water services for the continent to meet the many challenges it faces.
ACC 2013 is organized by the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC), the University of Dar es Salaam, and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).
Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET).