The 19Th & 20th November 2020 will commemorate the 60th Session of the Caribbean Meteorological Council. The Caribbean Meteorological Council, is the Governing Body of the Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO), a specialized agency of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The Council was established by its Member States in 1962, to further the regionalization of meteorology in the Anglophone Caribbean.
The CMG coordinates regional scientific and technical activities in weather, climate, water-related sciences within 16 English-speaking Caribbean States. The CMO collaborates with weather and climate-sensitive social and economic sectors, including: aviation, disaster risk management, agriculture, water resources, health, energy, tourism, insurance, marine, etc. This year’s observation marks the first time these meetings would be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 60th Council Session themed, “Better Services for Societal Needs”, will focus on enhancing the capability of CMO Member States to deliver authoritative, accessible, user-oriented information and services. The Council will guide the development of weather, climate, and water-related services in the region and provide feedback to the Organs of the CMO on their plans for supporting proactive and sustainable services.
The official opening of the Caribbean Meteorological Council’s 60th session will take place on Thursday, 19 November. The Session will be chaired by the Right Honourable Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves. For this session, the Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has been invited as a special guest.
Preceding the Council’s 60th session, will be two closed sessions: The Board of Governors of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) meeting on 16-17 November and the Annual Meeting of Directors of Meteorological Services on 18 November; both of which report to the Council.
Proposed delegates to the Session include Ministers and Directors with responsibility for meteorology, the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), CARICOM, Meteo-France, Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), The University of the West Indies, and senior representatives from global agencies such as the United Nation World Meteorological Organization (WMO), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the World Bank, and other important stakeholders.