The National Meteorological Center to participate in the 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, COP26



  • Abdulla Al Mandous: COP26 provides a unique opportunity to showcase UAE’s achievements in promoting research on improving rainfall and ensuring global water security
  • Alya Al Mazroui: The conference serves as an ideal platform to explore the latest rain improvement technologies and research initiatives, and to expand UAEREP’s international partnership network

Abu Dhabi-UAE – The National Meteorological Center (NCM) participates in the 26e United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26) as part of the official United Arab Emirates delegation to the international conference hosted by the city of Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31 to November 12, 2021.

As part of its participation in the event, the Center is preparing to highlight its achievements in the field of meteorology and studies of extreme weather conditions and their relation to climate change, as well as operations of cloud seeding and the latest technologies used in this vital area. which help reduce the high rate of evaporation.

The center will also provide updates on cutting-edge research projects conducted by the winners of the United Arab Emirates Research Program for Rain Improvement Science (UAEREP). The participation will also help the center to build stronger relationships with key stakeholders in the field of rain improvement, in line with some of the UAE’s 10 Principles for the Next 50 Years, including reputation building. Emirates around the world, recruiting talent, retaining specialists and continuously building skills.

The centre’s participation is also part of efforts to support the UAE’s efforts to host the Conference of the States Parties (COP28) in 2023 in Abu Dhabi, which will be voted on and the winning country will be announced on the final day. from Glasgow. Conference.

His Excellency Dr Abdulla Al Mandous, Director General of NCM and President of Regional Association II (Asia) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said: Research and ensure global water security. The objectives of the conference are well aligned with NCM’s efforts to advance research on improving rainfall. Bringing together leading researchers, scientists and partners from around the world, the event provides an excellent platform to highlight the UAE’s pioneering rain improvement program and explore possibilities for forging new global partnerships.

The NCM delegation includes representatives of the United Arab Emirates Research Program for Rain Improvement Science, who will hold several important meetings with officials and experts from different international organizations. In addition, the program is expected to host a roundtable on improving rainfall and its crucial role as a catalyst for global water security. NCM officials will also participate in several expert-led sessions organized by other government and private organizations participating in the event as part of the country’s official delegation.

For her part, Alya Al Mazroui, UAE Research Program Director for Rain Improvement Science (UAEREP), said: “Through her continued support for innovative research projects in the improvement research rain, the program aims to have a positive impact on global water security. , due to its strategic importance to the United Arab Emirates as well as to many other countries participating in the event. The conference provides an ideal platform to explore the latest technologies and research initiatives in the field of rain improvement research, expand our international partnership network, and highlight the roles of increased rainfall. in mitigating climate change and water scarcity. Additionally, the event allows us to strengthen the country’s status as a leading global hub in this vital area.

Since its establishment in 2015 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the United Arab Emirates Research Program for the Science of Rain Improvement (UAEREP) attracted 1,811 researchers from more than 806 global institutions in 70 of the countries.

The fourth cycle of the UAE’s Pioneering Rain Improvement Program is currently underway and offers a grant of US $ 1.5 million for each winning research proposal, spread over three years. The grant will allow these projects to move from theory to practice, provided that the winning projects start to be implemented within two months of the announcement of the fourth round winners at a virtual event that will take place in January 2022.

The success of the UAE’s Rain Enhancement Science Research Program articulates the UAE’s leading position in this growing scientific field. The program has become a focal point to facilitate global research collaboration and knowledge transfer to ensure sustainable water resources for countries at risk of water scarcity.


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