JEDDAH — The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) hailed the efforts of the Saudi National Meteorological Center, citing its key role in supporting economic and social development in the Kingdom and protecting lives and property, noting that weather, water and weather extremes have become more frequent and severe in many parts of the world due to climate change.
The WMO also highlighted Saudi Arabia’s efforts to green the environment, highlighting the Middle East Green Initiative launched by the Crown Prince.
In a keynote speech delivered during the Kingdom’s celebration of World Meteorological Day held under the slogan “Early Warning and Early Action” on Sunday in Jeddah, WMO Regional Representative for the Arab Region, Dr Hisham Abdel Ghani, stressed that increased coordination was on the agenda.
The need for greater rapprochement between meteorological bodies, authorities concerned with crisis and disaster management and development agencies has become necessary to improve prevention, preparedness and response measures, he said. .
Dr. Abdel Ghani reiterated his praise for the efforts of the National Meteorological Center, particularly at the Arab and Gulf regional levels, citing his support for the establishment of many regional centers that serve the Arab and Gulf communities with regard to the climate change, climate services, dust and sandstorms, among others. — SPA