Asia Climate Forum 2019 welcome address
Welcome Address given at Asia Climate Forum 27 March 2019 in Singapore
Opoening Plenary Session chaired by Peter Lennox, CEO, Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd.
Note: please click the link to hear the audio presentation and see the contributors profile for the letter of welcome.
Dr. Chung Kyu Park - Director, WMO Regional Office for Asia and the South-West Pacific
Dr. Chung Kyu Park
Director, WMO Regional Office for Asia and the South-West Pacific
Dr Park was appointed the Director, Regional Office for Asia & the South-West Pacific in 2013. Prior to that, he served as the Director-General of the Planning and Coordination Bureau, the Meteorological Industry & Information Technology Bureau, and the Climate Science Bureau of the Korea Meteorological Administration between 2009 and 2013. He served as the Director-General of the Metropolitan Air Quality Management Office at the Korean Ministry of Environment (2008 – 2009), and the Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Climate Center based in Korea between 2005 and 2008.
Welcome Letter for Asia Climate Forum 2019:
‘A warm welcome to all participants to the 6th InterMET Asia, 2nd InterFLOOD Asia
and the inaugural InterAIR Asia 2019.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is the UN system’s authoritative voice on the state and behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources. WMO has a membership of 192 Member States and Territories.
As the UN’s authoritative voice on weather, climate and water, the WMO recognizes the evolving landscape of the weather, climate and hydrological science and services. This is in part driven by climate change, resource constraints and technological advances. WMO appreciates new and strengthened partnerships and cooperation activities to improve the multi-hazard early warning services in cooperation with partners and industries. Multi-stakeholder partnerships are important vehicles for mobilizing and sharing knowledge, expertise technologies and financial resources to support the achievement of the SDGs in all countries. To remain fit-for-purpose and to become more nimble and cost-effective in the contribution to the SDGs, WMO is seeking to restructure the Organization with emphasis on partnerships and capacity development. The WMO Regional Office for Asia and the South-West Pacific in
Singapore is well-positioned and stands ready to serve the needs of Members and form meaningful partnerships with entities in the region.
WMO welcomes the opportunity of Asia Climate Week 2019 in bringing the public, private and academic sectors together and wish all a successful conference.
Dr. Chung Kyu Park