23 July 2020
The Abridged Preliminary Report of the First Session of the Technical Commissions of INFCOM and SERCOM (WMO-No. 1251) can be found here: en, fr, ru, es, ar, zh.
20 May 2020
Presidents of technical commissions Ian Lisk and Michel Jean thank Members for their trust and their valuable comments and contributions to the two principle documents and are pleased to announce that they are now approved and resolutions contained therein adopted. The final versions are being published (English followed by all other official languages).
INFCOM-1-d03-…- approved (en, fr, ru, es, ar, zh)
SERCOM-1-d03-…- approved (en, fr, ru, es, ar, zh)
The establishment of INFCOM and SERCOM subsidiary bodies and work programmes is an important milestone of the WMO constituent body reform. This decision will be shortly communicated to all Members through a circular letter.
All other decisions originally included in the agenda for the joint session will be deferred to the physical session, tentatively planned from 9 to 13 November 2020.
The Management Groups of both Commissions will soon meet via teleconference to populate the membership of the standing committees and study groups, subsidiary expert teams, and to begin prioritization and implementation of the workplans.
Members are strongly encouraged to continue updating and nominating experts through the https://public.wmo.int/en/community-platform according to the required expertise as identified for the successful completion of the programmes of work. The contributions of these experts are vital for both technical commissions as well as for the work of the Research Board.
24 April 2020
Presidents of technical commissions Ian Lisk and Michel Jean thank Members for their valuable comments and contributions to the Documents. All inputs are now consolidated and second versions of the Documents are being published (English followed by all other official languages). This includes chairs and vice-chairs of standing committed and study groups agreed by the Joint Selection Committee convened on 16 April.
Members are now kindly invited to review the resulting documents by 15 May 2020 - Completed.
SERCOM-1-d03-…-draft 2 (en, fr, ru, es, ar, zh)
After the deadline, the final approved documents will be produced and published. These important decisions will be communicated to all Members through a circular letter.
Then established Management Groups will convene and start their work, including selection of experts from the Expert Network to populate standing committees and study groups.
Therefore, Members are encouraged to continue updating and nominating experts through the https://public.wmo.int/en/community-platform according to required expertise, for both technical commissions and the Research Board.
18 March 2020
Letter from the Secretary-General P. Taalas
1) Nominate experts to be considered for positions of Chairs and Vice-chairs of Commissions' subsidiary bodies by 10 April - Completed
2) Comment by 3 April and adopt by correspondence the two critical documents - Completed
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is closely monitoring the situation in relation to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and regularly consulting with the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the Swiss Authorities and our Members. As a result of the escalation of the outbreak, I regret to inform you that WMO has decided to postpone the Joint Session of the Technical Commissions and the Research Board, originally planned to take place from 4 to 8 April 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland. This decision has been taken in consultation with the presidents of the Technical Commissions and the chair of the Research Board.
It is now planned to organize the Joint Session in Autumn 2020. The exact dates will be dependent on external factors and will be communicated at a later stage to Members. In consultation with the WMO President, the Executive Management is also looking strategically at options concerning the organization of other related events that have been canceled in the next few months including the Technical Coordination Committee, the Policy Advisory Committee, Scientific Advisory Board and the 72nd Session of the Executive Council.
The presidents of the Technical Commissions and the chair of the Research Board have recognized the importance of commencing the work of their respective bodies as soon as possible. As a result, priority is being given to reaching an agreement on the working structures of the Technical Commissions, including Terms of Reference of the Standing Committees and the Study Groups, the appointment of their Chairs and vice-Chairs, and to the work programmes for the interim period.
Action 1: Completed
It is important to
the work of the Commissions that their membership is finalized and Members are
urged to continue making nominations of experts based on the existing
nomination process (explained at: https://public.wmo.int/en/community-platform). Whilst the nomination process will remain open, to be considered for the positions of Chair and Vice-chair of Standing Committees and Study Groups, Members must complete their nominations by 10 April 2020. There is no limit to the number of experts Members may nominate. Having a wide pool of nominated experts will ensure that needed expertise can be found while taking into consideration regional and gender balance.
A Selection Committee will be established to review all nominations received and to make recommendations to the presidents on the selection of chairs and vice-chairs. This committee will be composed of the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the Commissions, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Research Board, the Chair and Vice-chair of the Hydrological Assembly and the Presidents of the Regional Associations.
Action 2: Completed
To commence the work of the Commissions, the two documents describing the respective terms of reference, membership and work programmes of the subsidiary bodies have been posted on this Joint Session website. Members are invited to review these documents, namely INFCOM-1-d03 and SERCOM-1-d03, and to propose changes by 3 April 2020 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based on the feedback received on the first draft of the two documents, and incorporating the recommendations of the Selection Committee, the Secretariat, in consultation with the presidents of the Technical Commissions, will produce and post a second draft of the two documents that will be adopted by correspondence as interim drafts to guide the work of the Commissions. These decisions will be subsequently formally adopted at the Joint Session.
All other decisions originally proposed for the Joint Session will be deferred to the session later in the year.
Video messages from the presidents of technical commissions: