Nineteenth World Meteorological Congress (Cg-19)

Nineteenth World Meteorological Congress (Cg-19)

The Nineteenth World Meteorological Congress (Cg-19) is currently taking place from 22 May to 2 June 2023 at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG).

Cg-19 documentation, detailed tentative workplan and all other information is available on the Congress-19 website.

The World Meteorological Congress, the supreme body of World Meteorological Organization (WMO), is currently holding its 19th session from 22 May to 2 June 2023. It assembles all 193 Member States and Territories of the WMO. 

Congress will approve the Strategic Plan 2024-2027 to promote WMO’s vision that “by 2030, we see a world where all nations, especially the most vulnerable, are more resilient to the socioeconomic consequences of extreme weather, climate, water and other environmental events.” Congress will consider the WMO budget and approve maximum expenditure for 2024-2027 period.

One of WMO’s top strategic priorities – implementation of the UN Early Warnings for All Initiative – was the focus of the high-level dialogue on the opening day. The theme was Accelerating and Scaling up Action at the Country Level. (Watch the WEB CAST)

Services Day on 23 May considered services for societal needs, including the WMO Strategy for Service Delivery and a set of regulations for disaster alerts, aviation, maritime, floods, droughts, health and other services.

Infrastructure Day on 24 May focused on Earth system observations and predictions, including the evolution of global observing systems, the Global Basic Observing Network (GBON) composition, climate observations and data management, WMO Integrated Processing and Predictions.

Science Day on 25 May looked at targeted research, including new implementation plans of the World Weather Research Programme and Global Atmosphere Watch Programme, as well as emerging scientific drivers and opportunities.

Capacity Day on 26 May considered the WMO Capacity Development Strategy, education and training and other capacity development activities.

A parallel session of the Hydrological Assembly, beginning on 26 May, set the scene for Water and Cryosphere Day, looked into updates to the WMO Vision and Strategy for Hydrology and its related Plan of Action and sustainable global water resource management.

On Gender Day, Congress apprised the progress and updated the WMO Gender Policy and Action Plan. 

Congress also considered general, legal, oversight, financial and administrative matters and considered amendments to the General, Technical, Financial and Staff Regulations.

On June 1, Congress will elect the President and Vice-Presidents of the Organization and members of the Executive Council, and will appoint the Secretary-General.

The World Meteorological Congress is WMO’s top decision-making body. Its decisions are implemented by all WMO constituent bodies and the Secretariat; the Executive Council oversees the implementation of Congress decisions.

WMO Permanent Representatives, usually the heads of National and Meteorological Services, act as the focal points for the delegation. Online pre-registration through the WMO Online Registration System is required.


Members of WMO may nominate suitably qualified candidates for the position of President and Vice-Presidents, Executive Council (EC) members, and Secretary-General of the Organization for submission to Congress.


Eligibility for President and Vice-Presidents, as well as Executive Council members is confined to persons who are designated as Directors of their Meteorological or Hydrometeorological Services by the Members of the Organization for the purpose of the WMO Convention. There are no such conditions, however, for the post of Secretary-General.


Nominations for the position of Secretary-General must include a curriculum vitae and appropriate details on the candidate's relevant background. It should be marked 'Confidential SG Appointment' and addressed to Prof Gerhard Adrian, President of WMO, c/o of WMO Secretariat, Case Postale 2300, CH-1211 Genève 2, Switzerland. E-mail submissions may be made to:

Nominations for the other positions should include a curriculum vitae with appropriate details on the candidate's relevant background and a photo (only for President and Vice-President). It must be sent under confidential cover to the Secretary-General, c/o WMO Secretariat, Case Postale 2300, CH-1211 Genève 2, Switzerland. E-mail submissions may be made to:

Deadline for submission: 15 May 2023

Basic principles
  1. Elections for President, Vice-Presidents and EC Members as well as the appointment of the Secretary-General shall take place at Congress.
  2. Each Member of Congress shall have one vote.
  3. With respect to the elections of President and Vice-President of the Organization and of members of the Executive Council only Members of the Organization which are States shall be entitled to vote in such elections.
  4. With respect to the appointment of the Secretary-General, both Member States and Territories are entitled to vote.
  5. Voting shall be confidential and conducted by paper ballot or electronic means.
Who is eligible to vote
  1. The principal delegate of a Member shall have the right to vote or to designate any other member of the same delegation to vote on their behalf.
  2. Only Members with valid credentials and voting rights will be entitled to participate in any vote or appointment during Congress.
  3. Congress may, by resolution, suspend the rights and privileges of a Member that has failed to meet its financial obligations to the Organization or has otherwise failed in its obligations under the WMO Convention.
  4. In exceptional circumstances should a Member not be present during any vote or appointment procedure then such a Member may delegate a vote by proxy to another Member.
Decision outcome

Required decision outcome for the election or appointment of the:

  • President and Vice Presidents of the Organization: Majority of the Members which are States.
  • Members of the Executive Council: Majority of the Members which are States.
  • Secretary-General: Two-third majority of Member States and Territories.


Opening Ceremony and High-Level Dialogue on Early Warnings for All

Monday, 22 May 2023
09:00 - 12:30 CEST

CICG, Geneva, Switzerland

Nineteenth World Meteorological Congress (Cg-19)



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