Dr CM Cheng, Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Observatory was invited by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to attend the Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference in Cancun hosted by the government of Mexico and jointly organized by WMO and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The Conference aimed to demonstrate how to build, improve the availability of, and their community's access to, multi-hazard early warning, risk information and assessment.
At the Conference, Dr Cheng shared Hong Kong Observatory's experience in communicating warning on hazards to stakeholders to facilitate their decision making. He also promulgated the establishment of a Global Multi-hazard Alert System (GMAS) being planned by WMO. WMO's Severe Weather Information Centre (SWIC) and World Weather Information Service (WWIS) websites operated by the Observatory will be enhanced to enable them to collect and display warnings issued by authorities around the world. The two enhanced websites are expected to be key components of GMAS.
Dr Cheng also highlighted the importance of establishing regional multi-hazard alert systems to serve as trusted platforms on hazard-related information. In this connection, he introduced a pilot project to establish a multi-hazard alert system in Asia based on SWIC and WWIS as an effort in disaster risk reduction, and encouraged active participation of countries in this pilot project.