The ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee (TC) at its 55th Session decided to convene the 18th Integrated Workshop (18th IWS) in conjunction with the 4th Training and Research Coordination Group (TRCG) Forum in 2023. According to the approved mechanism and updated list of annual sessions, the 18th IWS/4th TRCG Forum will be hosted by the Typhoon Committee Secretariat (TCS) and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and is scheduled to be held at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), United Nations Building, Bangkok, Thailand from 28 November to 01 December 2023. The theme chosen for the 18th IWS is "Early Warnings for All Through Enhancement of Typhoon Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)."
The IWS serves as an annual event for members of the Typhoon Committee to review the progress and activities of the TC. This review is conducted through participation of the Advisory Working Group (AWG) and the three TC Working Groups (WGs) on Meteorology, Hydrology, Disaster Risk Reduction, and the TRCG. The purpose of the IWS is to assess the work done in the past year and to develop work plans for the upcoming year.
On the other hand, the TRCG members typically convene every four years to formulate training and research plans for the next four-year cycle. Alongside the TRCG meeting, a technical forum is organized, which serves as a platform for international experts to present specialized topics of research interest and potential operational applications related to tropical cyclone monitoring, forecasting and warning. The objective of the forum is to identify research priorities and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and technology among TC members. The main theme of the 4th TRCG Forum is “Towards a Typhoon Resilient Society.”