SERCOM-3: Advancing Global Resilience, Early Warning Systems and Gender Equality

01 March 2024

The third session of the Commission for Weather, Climate, Hydrological, Marine, and Related Environmental Services and Applications (SERCOM-3) will convene in Bali, Indonesia, from 4-9 March 2024, hosted by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics (BMKG). This event, held every two years, will unite technical experts from around the globe to foster collaboration on providing services to meet the needs of society. This includes early warning systems and adaptation tools to bolster resilience to weather, climate, and water-related hazards.

Delegates are now being welcomed by BMKG in preparation for SERCOM-3, where they will engage in a wide array of discussions on several thematic areas - including agriculture, aviation, climate services, disaster risk reduction, hydrology, integrated energy, health and urban services, marine meteorology and oceanography. These sessions will provide opportunities for knowledge exchange, capacity building, and strategic discussions aimed at strengthening early warning capabilities worldwide. 

A series of side events will complement the main agenda, offering deep dives into key topics such as the Early Warnings for All initiative, aeronautical meteorology, marine services, flood forecasting, and water resources assessment. These events will serve as platforms to share best practices, showcase innovative approaches, and forge partnerships to address common challenges. 

One of the highlights of SERCOM-3 is the Gender Action Day. Scheduled for 7 March, this dedicated event will serve as a forum for WMO Members and partners to advance women's leadership in disaster and climate risk reduction. The agenda is filled with interactive learning sessions, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations aimed at enhancing gender-responsive multi-hazard early warning systems. 

As the world grapples with escalating risks posed by a changing climate, the outcomes of SERCOM-3 will serve as a roadmap for building a safer and more resilient future for all. Through sustained commitment and collaboration, the vision of Early Warnings for All can be realized, ensuring that no one is left behind in the face of adversity. 

Daily highlights will be available on the SERCOM-3 dedicated webpage.