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Monday, November 23, 2015

UPU News : Partnerships on disaster risk management in the postal sector

UPU/WMO MOU signed in New York

Meteorological services and postal networks join forces

On the occasion of the fall session of the Chief Executives Board held in New York, Mr A. Bishar Hussein, Director General of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), and Mr Michel Jarraud, Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), signed a cooperation agreement. The WMO is the UN specialized agency responsible for meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences.

The partnership aims to help postal services address disaster risk reduction challenges and increase their level of preparedness through better targeted and tailored weather and climate information in the face of natural disasters.

"The UPU and WMO are among the oldest international agencies, created before the UN system was set up. They became UN specialized agencies in the late 40s and early 50s. For more than a century, they have cooperated to provide the best possible public goods and services to the world community", said Mr Jarraud, adding that "this partnership reaffirms the solid foundation of a common interest to cooperate even further to maintain high quality services in the face of climate change and the impact of natural hazards. The agreement will go a long way in supporting the universal integrated 2030 development agenda".

Mr Hussein declared that "through this joint effort between our organizations, meteorological services and postal networks are joining forces to build synergies and develop better use of climate and weather information and predictions". He said the cooperation would make postal operators improve their resilience to natural disasters and better plan their operations, adding that "through this partnership, the Post can also play an important role in facilitating access to meteorological information to local communities and developing early warning systems".

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