Laxman Singh Rathore Elected As To International Climate Body
- Dr Laxman Singh Rathore, Director General of Meteorology & Permanent Representative of India with World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has been elected as Co-Vice Chairman of Intergovernmental Board of Climate Services (IBCS) during its first meeting held at Geneva during 1st to 5th July 2013.
- Dr. Rathore was recently elected as member of the Executive Council of the WMO and has earlier served a term as Vice President of Commission of Agriculture Meteorology.
- Anton Eliassen, Director General, Norway Meteorological Institute has been elected as Chair and Dr Linda Makuleni, South Africa is the other Co-Vice Chair.
- With the appointment of Rathore, India is poised to play a crucial role in implementation of Global Framework of Climate Service (GFCS).
- WMO launched GFCS as key outcome of World Climate Conference (WCC)-3 aiming to enables better management of the risks of climate variability and change and adaptation to climate change, through the development and incorporation of science-based climate information and prediction into planning, policy and practice on the global, regional and national scale.
- The four priority areas of the GFCS are Agriculture and Food Security, Disaster Risk Reduction, Health and Water.
- As is known that Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) was the principal outcome of WCC-2 and it won the nobel prize for distinguished services in understanding climate change and creating awareness on the subject.