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11 December 2011

WMO and South African Weather Service sign agreement for regional training centre

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the South African Weather Service (SAWS) have signed today an agreement to establish a new WMO Regional Training Centre in South Africa.

WMO Secretary General, Mr. Michel Jarraud, and South African Weather Service Chief Executive Officer, Dr Linda Makuleni, signed the agreement during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban.

“This agreement was made possible thanks to the excellence of the South African Weather Service in training and its expertise in meteorology and hydrology,” said Mr Jarraud. “The Regional Training Centre will enhance the capabilities of students of the region and will form a new generation of meteorologists and hydrologists so needed in Africa to address the challenge of climate change.”

Dr Makuleni expressed the commitment of the South African Weather Service to enhance the capacity building of the personnel in this field of expertise.

The plan for the regional training centre was initiated by the South African Weather Service at the World Climate Conference-3 in Geneva in 2009. The formal signing ceremony rewards the successful conclusion of an assessment and verification process by WMO and approval by the World Meteorological Congress earlier this year.

Under the agreement, the Regional Training Centre of Pretoria will organize and conduct education and training programmes in English for meteorologists and hydrologists of WMO Members. WMO will monitor the centre’s work and training activities.