SERCOM concludes with new workplan and office holders

12 March 2024

WMO’s Commission for Weather, Climate, Hydrological, Marine, and Related Environmental Services and Applications (SERCOM) has agreed on a raft of measures designed to ramp up the provision and use of tailored services in the face of rapid climate and societal change. 

The six-day SERCOM session in Bali, Indonesia, focussed on optimizing  support for key WMO priorities, including universal coverage of life-saving early warnings and supporting climate adaptation and sustainable development.

“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,” said Johan Stander, director of WMO Services Department.  

Ian Lisk (United Kingtom) was re-elected as SERCOM President for the next four years. SERCOM members also elected three new Co-Vice Presidents: Angela Corina (Italy), Ardhasena Sopaheluwakan (Indonesia) and Raymond Tanabe (USA).

The meeting approved a new work programme to support the development and implementation of globally harmonized weather-, climate-, hydrological-, ocean- and environment-related services.

Specific topics for discussion included:  

  • agriculture and food security,  
  • aviation services to boost safety and efficiency,  
  • climate services,  
  • disaster risk reduction,  
  • hydrology and flood forecasting,  
  • marine services to protect life at sea and in adjacent coastal areas
  • integrated energy, health and urban services to speed the transition to a greener, safer and more resilient world.

The WMO Services Commission joined the international community in celebrating International Women’s Day with a dedicated event at SERCOM-3, Gender Action Day on "Promoting Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment and Leadership in climate issues and through the Early Warnings for All initiative.”

The event, held every two years, was hosted by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics (BMKG).  

Dedicated SERCOM-3 website