Egypt elected to World Meteorological Organisation's executive council for first time in 20 years

Ahram Online , Saturday 3 Jun 2023

The Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) has been elected to the executive council of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) for the first time in 20 years.

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Egypt's term will last till 2027, the Ministry of Civil Aviation – to which the EMA is subordinate – said in a statement on Friday.

The EMA was elected to the position during elections held on Thursday during the 19th World Meteorological Congress (Cg-19) in Geneva.

At the same time, the UAE was elected to the presidency of the WMO, while India, Ireland and Cote d’Ivoire were elected as vice presidents.

The council position will allow Egypt to take part in decision-making inside the WMO and maintain Egyptian’s strategic interests in the field of weather and water at the international level, the civil aviation ministry said.

Minister of Civil Aviation Mohamed Abbas Helmy called it an achievement for the Egyptian government amid its ongoing efforts to boost the civil aviation industry.

The achievement was the result of the EMA's unwavering efforts recently, including fruitful cooperation and continuous coordination with WMO, particularly during the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) held in Sharm El-Sheikh last year, the minister said.

This achievement was also made possibly by mobilising support of member states during meetings held in the Arab Summit last May. This confirms Egypt's pioneering role and distinguished position at the regional level, Helmy added.

The WMO's 37-member executive body is in charge of coordinating the organisation's programmes, managing its budget and discussing and making recommendations on matters affecting international meteorology and related activities.

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