ESCAP co-organized the 34th
session of the ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee held in Honolulu during
session was hosted by the Government of the United States of America and
organized by the National Weather Services (NWS) of USA. The session was attended by participants representing 11 (out of
14) Members of the Typhoon Committee, namely China; Hong Kong, China;
Japan; Macao, China; Malaysia; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Singapore;
Thailand; United States of America (U.S.A.); and Viet Nam. The session was also attended by two observers from the WMO
Commission on Atmospheric Sciences and the Secretariat of the
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).
of the National Weather Services of the United States of America and
Permanent Representative of USA with WMO delivered a special address in which he highlighted the
importance of bringing together multi-disciplinary experts for better
coordination in typhoon disaster prevention
and facilitating regional
cooperation development plans. He encouraged the introduction of performance-based
results and wished that the three disciplines: meteorology, hydrology and
disaster prevention and preparedness would work together for better
servicing their communities.
The Committee reviewed
its activities during 2001, including the meteorological component,
hydrological component, disaster prevention and preparedness, and training
and research. The Committee discussed the programme of work for 2002 and
beyond; reviewed support required for the Committee’s programme; and
decided on the date and place of the thirty-fourth session.
Committee at this session approved the Strategic Plan for the
Committee’s operation during (2002-06), to endorse the key
recommendations of the comprehensive review of the hydrological component,
and the disaster preparedness and prevention activites undertaken with
ESCAP’s assistance in 2001. It also recommended the restructuring of the
Typhoon Committee Research Coordination Group to ensure progress of
research activities in all components of its activities. The Committee also approved the Terms of Reference for the Working Groups on implementation
of the strategic plan and research coordination.
Experts from Japan and the Republic of Korea indicated
their intention to increase cooperation with ESCAP in the fields of flood
management and water-related disaster mitigation. ESCAP was requested to
assist in the implementation of the Strategic Plan on the Hydrological and
Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Components of the Committee,
including the integration of risk analysis and management of water-related
disasters into the development process.