The formal opening of the extraordinary session of World Meteorological Congress 2012 will take place at 09:30 a.m. on 29 October 2012 at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG).

The working hours for the session will be from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

The work plan will provide an indication of the meetings and agenda items to be taken up each day.

1.           Establishment of the Credentials Committee

In accordance with Regulation 23 of the General Regulations (2011 edition), and immediately following completion of opening formalities, the Congress will be invited to establish a Credentials Committee for the duration of the session. The Credentials Committee shall examine the credentials of delegates and observers as well as any observation, which may be submitted to it by the representative of the Secretary-General.

In accordance with Regulations 21 to 24 of the General Regulations (2011 edition), a list of representatives attending the session will be based upon the credentials received by the Secretary-General before the session and on those handed to his representative at the session.

It is desirable that Members communicate to the Secretariat names and addresses of the persons who will constitute the delegations as much in advance as possible. This information may accompany the credentials required under Regulation 21 of the General Regulations (2011 edition).

2.           Establishment of other committees

In accordance with Regulation 25 of the General Regulations (2011 edition), the Congress may establish for the duration of its session a Drafting Committee, a Coordination Committee and such other committees as it deems necessary.

Regulation 28 of the General Regulations (2011 edition) defines the role of the Drafting Committee. With the exception of First Congress, previous Congresses have not set up such a Committee. Experience has shown that, at past sessions of Congress, the most expedient method to use is for each working committee or sub-committee to establish its own arrangements for drafting its report to Plenary. Therefore, in accordance with Regulation 30 of the General Regulations (2011 edition), a number of open subcommittees will be set up for detailed review of specific matters.

To ensure the proper coordination of the activities of the session, it is usual practice to set up a Coordination Committee, according to Regulation 29 (2011 edition). The Coordination Committee shall consist of the President and Vice-Presidents of the Organization, the Secretary-General or his representative, and the chairpersons of the working committees of the Congress.

In accordance with Regulation 31 of the General Regulations (2011 edition), with the exception of the Coordination Committee, the chairperson of which is the president of the constituent body, each committee or subcommittee shall elect its own chairperson and, whenever necessary, other officers.

3.           Consideration of the Report of the Credentials Committee

The Credentials Committee will report to the Congress as soon as possible after its establishment, and subsequently as required. 

4.           Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS)

4.1             Implementation Plan for the Global Framework for Climate Services

The Congress will be invited to review and adopt the draft Implementation Plan for the GFCS, developed by the Executive Council pursuant to Resolution 47 (Cg-XVI).

4.2             Establishment of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services

The Congress will be invited to consider and adopt the Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure for the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services. The proposal has been developed by the Executive Council pursuant to Resolution 47 (Cg-XVI).

The Congress will address funding requirements for the Intergovernmental Board functioning and secretariat support and take decisions on this matter.

The extraordinary session of the World Meteorological Congress 2012 is scheduled to close on 31 October 2012.