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Thursday, 01 April 2021 – Commemoration of World Meteorological Day 2021

Brunei Darussalam, as a member of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and through the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department (BDMD), Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, today celebrates World Meteorological Day 2021.

World Meteorological Day takes place every year on 23rd March to celebrate the anniversary of the convention establishing WMO on 23rd March 1950. This day also commemorates the essential contribution of all the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services around the world to the safety and wellbeing of society.

Each year, the celebration focuses on a theme of topical interest chosen especially by the WMO. “The Ocean, Our Climate and Weather” is the theme of this year’s World Meteorological Day. It highlights the central role of the ocean in influencing the world’s weather and climate; as well as in climate change.

To celebrate this year’s World Meteorological Day, BDMD held a ceremony at Dewan Amar Pahlawan, Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications. The guest of honour was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Awang Mohammad Yusof, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications. Also present were Members of the State Legislative Council, Yang Mulia Awang Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof,  Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, Yang Mulia Awang Haji Hairul Mohd Daud bin Haji Abdul Karim, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Infocommunications) of Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, Directors, Head of Departments, and senior officers from the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, as well as special invited guests which include representatives from different weather and climate services user groups, higher institutions of learning and students.

The ceremony commenced with a welcoming speech by Yang Mulia Awang Muhamad Husaini Bin Aji, Director of Meteorology, as chairperson of the event. In commemorating the occasion, the guest of honour officiated the launching of the “BDMD Weather Awareness Campaign 2021” and the “Brunei Young Meteorologists Club (BYMC)”. 

The awareness campaign encompasses multiple activities planned throughout this year to highlight the importance of weather and climate as well as about the products and services provided by BDMD. The BYMC is an initiative driven by BDMD with students from the University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD); with the aim to gather weather enthusiasts from higher education institution to help raise public awareness in weather and climate matters.

The event also included a certificate presentation to Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department for achieving the ISO 9001:2015 standards for the compliance of Quality Management System.

A forum session was also held during the ceremony and discussed on topics related to the theme of the celebration. The panel members were composed of invited experts from both local and international agencies.

The guest of honour and invited guests later toured the exhibition that showcased educational information related to the World Meteorological Day 2021’s theme. The exhibition also included participation from other agencies such as the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), the National Seismic Centre (NSC), the Survey Department, the Fisheries Department and the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat (BCCS), as well as non-government organizations such as Muara Port Company (MPC), Green Brunei, Poni Divers, Beach Bunch and Progresif Sdn Bhd.

 


Prepared by:

Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department

Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications

Brunei Darussalam

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