Barbados will host the 53rd session of the Caribbean Meteorological Council from Monday, November 18, until Tuesday, November 19 at the Radisson Aquatica, Aquatic Gap, St. Michael.

Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Dr. David Estwick, will chair the session, and deliver the feature address during the opening ceremony on Monday, November 18, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The Ministerial-level Caribbean Meteorological Council is the governing body of the Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO), the specialised agency of the Caribbean Community that coordinates scientific and technical activities in the fields of weather, climate and related disciplines within the English-speaking Caribbean.

The CMO originated from the old British Caribbean Meteorological Service, which was established in 1951. It undertakes the coordination of the joint scientific activities of the respective National Meteorological Services; the establishment of joint technical facilities and systems; the provision of joint training facilities, and the promotion of a reliable severe weather warning system to safeguard the region.

The organisation also provides support and advice to governments in the development of their meteorological and hydro meteorological services and in dealing with issues of an international nature affecting weather, water and climate. It also works closely with regional agencies involved in disaster preparedness, response and relief.

There are 16 member states in the CMO. They are: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands.

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