- that present capabilities to provide effective climate services fall far short of meeting present, and future needs and benefits, particularly in developing countries;
- that the most urgent need is for much closer partnerships between the providers and users of climate services;
- that great scientific progress has been made especially by the World Climate Programme and its associated activities over the past 30 years, which provides already a firm basis for the delivery of a wide range of climate services; and
- that major new and strengthened research efforts are required to increase the time-range and skill of climate prediction through new research and modelling initiatives; and to improve the observational basis for climate prediction and services, and the availability and quality control of climate data;
called for major strengthening of the essential elements of a global framework for
- The Global Climate Observing System and all its components and associated activities; and provision of free and unrestricted exchange and access to climate data;
- The World Climate Research Programme, underpinned by adequate computing resources and increased interaction with other global climate relevant research initiatives.
- Climate services information systems taking advantage of enhanced existing
national and international climate service arrangements in the delivery of products, including sector-oriented information to support adaptation activities;
- Climate user interface mechanisms focussed on building linkages and integrating information, at all levels, between the providers and users of climate services; and
- Efficient and enduring capacity building through education, training, and strengthened outreach and communication.
supported the development of the proposed Global Framework for Climate Services.