16 Jun 2019 20:40pm
WINDHOEK, 15 JUN (NAMPA) - Namibia Meteorological Service Deputy Director, Franz /Uirab has been elected as one of 37 executive council members to serve the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) for the next four years.
A media statement issued on Friday said /Uirab was elected at the 18th World Meteorological Congress which took place from 03 to 14 June 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The WMO Executive Council consists of the WMO president; three vice-presidents; six regional association presidents and 27 directors drawn from national meteorological or hydro-meteorological services from different countries - all elected by congress.
The council is an executive body of the WMO responsible for the coordination of the programmes and utilisation of budgetary resources in accordance with the decisions of congress for the Organisation.
/Uirab informed congress that the Namibian Government was fully behind him in his quest to contribute to WMO priorities, programmes and resolutions, as well as efforts to expedite the development of weather, climate and water.
He also alluded to the global, regional and national societal needs as encapsulated in the Sendai Framework for Disasters, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 63.
/Uirab further emphasised the urgent need to reduce the gap between the least developed countries and more developed countries, to make tangible efforts to ensure that no country will be left behind, the statement read.
The WMO is responsible for facilitating the establishment of meteorological, hydrological and geophysical observations and the promotion of maintenance of centres charged with the provision of meteorological and related services.
It also advances the application of meteorology in aviation, shipping, water problems, agriculture and other human activities.