Standing Committee on Services for Disaster Risk Reduction and Public Services

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(a) Development and maintenance of WMO normative material and recommended good practices related to the delivery of services to the general public and government authorities to support informed decision-making related to disaster risk reduction, the protection of life, livelihood, property and environment as well as welfare and well-being of the population as specified in WMO Technical Regulations. These developments should build on good practices of Members in early warning and DRR services, public meteorological services, and impact-based decision supporting services. These developments should also build on the existing programmes and major projects such as Tropical Cyclone Programme (TCP), the Integrated Drought management Programme (IDMP), the Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM), Severe Weather Forecasting Programme (SWFP) etc. Not limited to any specific hazard, time scale or region, this material should guide Members in adopting a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to the key areas in disaster risk management and reduction, including understanding risk through hazard and risk assessment, reducing existing risk through preparedness, early warning, including the understanding of economic losses and damages resulting from hydrometeorological hazards, disaster risk transfer and finance and avoiding the creation of new risks through increased resilience and sustainable development, considering the vulnerability of the population in the provision of hydrometeorological services;

(b) Assistance to Members in enhancing their service delivery capabilities and enabling effective implementation and compliance, including through the development of cooperative and supportive frameworks such as the Global Multi-hazard Alert System (GMAS), the WMO Coordination Mechanism (WCM) to better support humanitarian action which will also provide them more visibility and recognition for their contributions in the global agendas;

(c) Contribution to the science-infrastructure-service value chain by integration of innovation and progress made by science, including social science, and the application of frontier technologies into enhanced service design and delivery, especially from developing countries - and the integration of this perspective in various WMO Programmes, [Argentina] while also identifying and gathering user requirements possibly needing targeted research and infrastructure development. This shall include but not be limited to, access to and processing of a variety of information and data sets (demographic, economic, land use, etc.) in full cooperation with relevant Infrastructure Commission and Research Board entities;

(d) Cooperation and partnerships with external partners as needed to support Members, in close collaboration with Regional Associations.

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