The UAE has won the presidency of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), which functions as an authoritative body on weather, climate, hydrological and related fields within the UN system.
Dr. Abdulla Al Mandous, Director General of the UAE's National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has been elected as the new President of WMO for a four-year term from 2023 to 2027.
Dr. Al Mandous, who is also the UAE's Permanent Representative to WMO and President of WMO’s Regional Association II (Asia), contested the election as the official candidate of the UAE.
This is the first time that a GCC meteorologist and an Arab meteorologist from Asia has been named as the president of WMO.
Dr. Al Mandous was elected by the representatives of WMO’s 193 Member States and Territories who have convened in Geneva as part of the 19th session of the World Meteorological Congress, running from May 22 to June 2.
He secured 95 votes, whereas Prof. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, Head of Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia received 53 votes.
The UAE candidate will commence his presidency by chairing WMO’s upcoming 77th Executive Council Session set to take place in Geneva from June 5-6, 2023.