Respected Mr. David Grimes, President of the World Meteorological Organization,
Respected Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization,
Ladies and gentlemen,
On behalf of the Chinese government, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the opening of the Seventeenth World Meteorological Congress and pay high tribute to all those engaged in meteorology and hydrology around the world!
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has been committed over the years to the enhancement of exchanges and cooperation among countries in the fields of weather, climate and water, being active in meteorological disaster prevention and mitigation and climate change response at global and regional levels. It has made unremitting efforts to safeguard people's safety and well-being, and rendered important contributions to the sustainable economic and social development. It serves as an excellent model in international cooperation.
The Chinese government attaches great importance to the development of meteorological service. It has adopted a range of key policies and measures to improve meteorological infrastructure and weather forecasting and services. As a result, China boasts a modern meteorological service as a whole that is deemed internationally advanced, the impacts and benefits of which have been seen in disaster prevention and mitigation, and economic and social progress. We will continue to give priority to the meteorological service, keeping in mind the guideline of "public-oriented, security-oriented and resource-oriented meteorology". We will continue to be demand-driven, be reform-focused and be innovation-based to keep on with the capacity building in meteorological disaster management, climate change resilience and ecological civilization, to allow us to deliver quality meteorological services in support of economic and social development, people's livelihood and national security.
China and WMO enjoy a long history of friendship and cooperation. Dr. Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) and Permanent Representative of China with WMO, and a WMO EC member, has been an active participant of WMO's major activities in the past four years and accordingly a positive contributor to the development of the world meteorological service as well.
China, a developing country, is a persistent participant of WMO's programmes and activities. China's FENGYUN geostationary and polar-orbiting meteorological satellites play an important role in WMO's Space Programme and Numerical Weather Prediction. Moreover, it hosts 17 international facilities of WMO, such as the Global Information System Centre, Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre, Regional Climate Centre and Regional Training Centre, and provides assistance to other developing countries within its means. In the past four years, it has sustained its maintenance service to 19 Asia-Pacific countries who are recipients of the Integrated CMA' Satellite-based Data Broadcast System (CMACast) and Meteorological Information Comprehensive Analysis and Process System (MICAPS), offered 50 long-term meteorological fellowships to developing countries and sponsored 56 short-term training courses for 1,207 international participants. Meanwhile, China actively implements the meteorological aid to Africa initiative proposed at the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. This and the coming year will see China's implementation of meteorological aid projects in seven African countries. These actions have effectively promoted international exchanges and cooperation in meteorological science and technology, leading to a higher meteorological and hydrological capacity of developing countries.
Today's China is becoming increasingly open to the outside world and is being more committed to a common, green and peaceful development. China will highlight meteorology, hydrology and ecological civilization in its opening programme. We will continue to strengthen cooperation with other countries and international organizations including WMO, further the international efforts in disaster risk reduction, and work together with you to address climate change in the interest of the human sustainability. Notably, the significant initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping to jointly rejuvenate the "Silk Road Economic Belt" and the "21st Century Maritime Silk Road" (hereinafter referred to as the Belt and Road) has been positively echoed by countries involved. This will give rise to not only the connectivity and economic development of the countries along the Belt and Road, but will also exchanges and cooperation in the areas of science and technology, ecology, and environment, including meteorology.
I would like to reiterate, on behalf of the Chinese government, that China will continue to take an active part in and render strong support to the world meteorological development as ever before, and is willing to play an active role in WMO's governance and activities, and do what we can to help other developing countries with their capacity development in meteorology and hydrology. I envision a larger, deeper and wider international cooperation under WMO that would contribute more to a sustainable human society and a harmonious world.
I wish the Seventeenth World Meteorological Congress a complete success!
Thank you all.