By NECJOGHA TEAM
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Director General of the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) Dr. Agnes Lawrence Kijazi (above) has been elected as one of the vice presidents of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) for a four year term in office.
This was during The World Meteorological Congress which took place from June 3-14 at the WMO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland. The Congress takes place every four years and decides on the strategy, policies, standards, budget and office holders of the 193-member World Meteorological. Dr. Kijazi was elected as the third vice president of WMO.
The Congress also elected Gerhard Adrian of Germany as President of the WMO. Mr Adrian is President of the Deutscher Wetterdienst (German Weather Service), a position he has held since 2010. Celeste Saulo, Director of the Argentinean National Meteorological Service (SMN), was elected First Vice-President. Albert Martis, Director, Meteorological Department of Curaçao, was elected Second Vice-President and Petteri Taalas of Finland was re-appointed WMO Secretary-General for a further four year-term. He has been WMO Secretary-General since 2016 and is a United Nations Climate Principal.
According to the WMO website, Mr Adrian who takes up office after the end of the Congress on Friday June 14th, will preside over sessions of the Congress and the Executive Council held during his term of office and guide and coordinate WMO activities, and issue directives to the Secretary-General with respect to the fulfilment of the latter’s duties.