Fifth International Conference on Climate Services

Cape Town, 27 February – 02 March 2017



The Fifth International Conference on Climate Services (ICCS5) took place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 27 February to 2 March 2017.

Climate change will have severe impacts across the globe, with parts of Africa being especially hard-hit. To help shape climate-smart policies and programmes, decision-makers and communities need to be equipped with the relevant information about the local climate and how it’s changing.

Using climate services effectively, however, requires having the capacity to access and comprehend the relevant tools and information. Despite the existence of national and international climate service initiatives and programmes, the need for specialised information to support governments, businesses and the general public is not being met. This is partly due to a lack of capacity, in the form of education, infrastructure and institutional capacity, as well as limited collaboration between groups. The Fifth International Conference on Climate Services therefore placed specific emphasis on capacity development and forging new connections within the growing community of climate services providers and users. Throughout the conference, there was a focus on activities and persistent challenges in Africa. Workshops were also held featuring new cutting edge tools and programs useful to those working with climate services and in related fields.

Clim-HEALTH Africa at the ICCS5

The health community, particularly in Africa, has specific and pressing needs for better climate information and services. WHO, under the banner of Clim-Health Africa, with the support of the Global Framework for Climate Services, hosted a number of health-focused discussions at the event.

Clim-Health Africa organised side events and sponsored several health presentations to share experiences, including:

  • Updates on Clim-Health Africa and panel discussion on making climate services more responsive to health needs.
  • A full day Clim-Health Africa roundtable to take stock of progress, opportunities and needs across the network.
  • Presentations from health partners from Mozambique, Malawi, and Tanzania will also share experiences of co-producing health-tailored climate services.

For more information on the ICCS5, including the full report and presentation, visit their website here.