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Two Europeans at the head of the World Meteorological Organization

13/06/2019 - 10:40
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Marking the end of the World Meteorological Congress, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) elected on 13 June its Executive Council, including WMO Secretary-General and President.


Prof Dr. Gerhard Adrian of Germany, who was the EU candidate, has been elected President of the World Meteorological Organization for a four-year term in office. Mr Adrian is President of the Deutscher Wetterdienst (German Weather Service), a position he has held since 2010.

Prof Dr. Adrian will preside over sessions of the Congress and the Executive Council held during his term of office, guide and coordinate WMO activities, and issue directives to the Secretary-General with respect to the fulfilment of the latter’s duties.


The WMO sets the framework for the successful cooperation of its Member States to accomplish their tasks for the well-being of societies. Fulfilling this important duty is based on the global meteorological infrastructure coordinated by WMO,” said Prof. Dr. Adrian. “My aim is that this infrastructure as well as the indispensable global exchange of data are improved even further and guaranteed into the future. It is our collective responsibility and my main interest to strengthen the WMO,” he added.

Dr. Adrian will take up office on 14 June at the end of the World Meteorological Congress.


Mr. Petteri Taalas of Finland has been re-appointed as Secretary-General of WMO for a second four-year term by the Congress. In his remarks, he underlined that "WMO is needed more than ever," and recalled that "climate change is a major issue for humanity this century and the coming centuries."

Prior to his first appointment in 2015, Mr. Taalas used to be Director-General of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, and Chairman of the EUMETSAT and EUMETNET Councils.

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