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Regional Association VI

GENERAL TERMS OF REFERENCE OF REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

(As defined in Annex II to the General Regulations)

In carrying out the functions specified in Article 18 (d) of the Convention within the allotted geographical areas defined in Annex II of the General Regulations, under the general guidance of Congress and the Executive Council and with support from the Secretariat, each regional association, in close coordination and collaboration with other bodies concerned, shall:

(1) Coordinate and organize its Members’ activities related to the planning, implementation and evaluation of agreed programmes, strategies and activities, at the regional and subregional levels;

(2) Ensure that WMO is visible and recognized in its Region, and engage stakeholders in regional initiatives and projects related to the strategic priorities of the Organization; promote visibility and institutional capacity-building of its Members, and identify and address critical deficiencies for long-term sustainable modern services through supporting Members in the development of national strategic plans on meteorological and hydrological services; facilitate the exchange of best practices to communicate the socioeconomic benefits of meteorological and hydrological services;

(3) Identify requirements among Members and regional bodies and communicate them, together with any impediments to the timely implementation of planned programmes and activities, to the technical commissions; collaborate with Members, technical commissions and other bodies, as necessary, to support, monitor and regularly review all the regional centres established by WMO bodies, ensuring excellent performance, sustainable operations and effective services to regional Members; consult with technical commissions on the identification of common experts to assist with the sharing of regional priorities and requirements and the implementation of technical priorities and associated capacity-development activities; identify technical gaps and promote training to develop future experts;

(4) Promote cooperation and efficiency by establishing regional networks and facilities based upon identified regional needs, in close coordination with the technical commissions concerned; monitor the performance of regional networks and facilities, and the open sharing of data and technical expertise, and require corrective measures, as necessary;

(5) Contribute to the WMO Operating Plan and other implementation plans, as necessary, to reflect agreed strategic priorities from a regional perspective and ensure the engagement of Members in focused activities aimed at achieving the expected results of the WMO Strategic Plan;

(6) Structure its work to address regional priorities and make the best use of the expertise of its Members to provide guidance and assistance, in accordance with the needs of the Region;

(7) Build and promote cooperation and partnerships with relevant regional organizations, including the United Nations Regional Economic Commissions, other United Nations bodies, subregional organizations, development partners, non-governmental organizations, professional associations and academic and research organizations;

(8) Advocate, through its president, to regional political and economic entities, and support Permanent Representatives in advocating their governments, the necessary political and financial support to Members’ capabilities to ensure the provision of and access to vital meteorological, climatological, hydrological and other related environmental information and services.