The 50th Session of the Typhoon Committee was held in Hanoi, Viet Nam from 28 February to 3 March 2018. 153 participants from 13 of 14 Members of the Typhoon Committee attended the Session, namely: Cambodia; China; Hong Kong, China; Japan; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR); Macao, China; Malaysia; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Singapore; Thailand; United States of America (USA); and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. Representatives of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Typhoon Committee Secretariat (TCS) also attended the Session.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Typhoon Committee, the first day of the Session (28 February 2018) was set as a “High Level Session” in which the Permanent Representative with WMO of each Member, or his/her designate, or other senior officials were invited to give a welcome remark for the 50th Session and concisely present their country milestones as well as sharing history with the past key persons of the Typhoon Committee.

In addition, a 2-day Technical Conference (TECO) was held on 26 and 27 February 2018 prior to the Session and the main theme was “Embracing new technologies and knowledge to meet the challenges in the new era of tropical cyclone forecasting”. The TECO included both invited Keynote Presentations and submitted Technical Presentations for the three topics under the main theme.