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2019 World Maritime Day

The World Maritime Day in 2019 was on 26 September, an annual event where the global maritime works towards safe, secure and sustainable shipping in line with the SDGs. WMO is part of this community, particularly through our marine meteorology and oceanography contributions. The theme of 2019 was "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community". WMO marked the day through circulating a World Maritime Day video in appreciation of one of our JCOMM experts and ship-based marine forecasters Captain Emma Giada Matschinske, working in the Brazil Navy.
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WMO/IMO International Symposium on Extreme Maritime Weather

The International Symposium on Extreme Maritime Weather was held in IMO Headquarters, London, UK, on 23-25 October 2019. It provided a key platform for WMO to identify best practices and improve services for safety and risk reduction, emergency response, sustainable shipping practices and greater collection and sharing of ship observations. More information on the official Symposium webpagethe Symposium webnews and the meteoworld article. Please find attached the Preliminary Report of the WMO/IMO International Symposium on Extreme Maritime Weather to the IMO NCSR 7 meeting. 

End of CIFDP Fiji

The CIFDP - Fiji was officially finalized at the Final Stakeholders meeting in Nadi, Fiji, on 19-21 November, 2019.  The FMS has now an operational coastal inundation warning service  ready for the tropical cyclone season. This was also reported by Fijian national media. More information are found in the WMO webnews page. Special thanks to the funding agencies from the Republic of Korea - KOICA and KMA.
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End of CIFDP after 10 years

The completion of CIFDP Fiji also wraps up a decade of CIFDP after the recent completion of the other CIFDP sub-projects, in Bangladesh, the Caribbean and Indonesia. The  WMO Bulletin  Vol.68(2)-2019  published an article to address this project.  CG18 has approved CIFDP to continue in the future as Coastal Inundation Forecasting Initiatives (CIFI), with integration as a key component to MHEWS.

Launch of the public awareness video for coastal inundation

The public awareness video by WMO was also launched to raise the awareness of people in coastal regions in the Pacific Islands. The video proved to be a great tool to improve public awareness on coastal flood hazards. It will also be translated into local languages to serve Members in the South East Asian sub-region for RA V and RA I. The Meteoworld Article is here
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COP25 focused on the Blue COP

COP25 held on  2-13 December 2019 in Madrid, Spain was focused on the ocean ‘Blue COP’ concept and also reinforces the message in IPCC Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere released in September. The WMO webnews for the IPCC Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere is here. The WMO provisional statement on the state of the global climate in 2019 was issued on 3 December, the webnews is here and the Press conference is here. The UN Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson, said: "Let us remember this as Blue COP" (WMO webnews here)

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News from the WMO Secretariat

JCOMM will be officially ended by the end of 2019 and a new structured Joint Collaborative Board is established through Resolution 9 of WMO Congress 18, to incorporate appropriate JCOMM functions and activities on services into the Commission for Services and Applications, coming into effect in 2020.
MMO is going to be changed to Marine Services Division within Sector Services Branch of Services Department, WMO Secretariat. 
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Upcoming events

The IMO NCSR 7  will be conveyed on 15-24, January 2019 in London, UK, WMO is having three papers in the IMO NCSR 7; Update on the IMO/WMO Worldwide Met-Ocean Information and Warning Service (NCSR 7/9/3), Preliminary Report of the WMO/IMO International Symposium on Extreme Maritime Weather: Towards Safety of Life at Sea and a Sustainable Blue Economy (NCSR 7/INF.12) jointly with IMO Secretariat and Proposed amendments to the International SafetyNET Manual (NCSR 7/9) jointly with IHO, JCOMM, WWNWS-SC and WWMIWS-C.
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Sarah, Tero, Irene, Helena and Zhichao
Marine Meteorology and Ocean Affairs Division
Service Sector, Service Department
World Meteorological Organization
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