The mission of WMO is to:
- Facilitate worldwide cooperation in the establishment of networks of stations for the making of meteorological observations as well as hydrological and other geophysical observations related to meteorology, and to promote the establishment and maintenance of centres charged with the provision of meteorological and related services.
- Promote the establishment and maintenance of systems for the rapid exchange of meteorological and related information.
- Promote standardization of meteorological and related observations and to ensure the uniform publication of observations and statistics.
- Further the application of meteorology to aviation, shipping, water problems, agriculture and other human activities.
- Promote activities in operational hydrology and to further close cooperation between Meteorological and Hydrological Services.
- Encourage research and training in meteorology and, as appropriate, in related fields, and to assist in coordinating the international aspects of such research and training.
The WMO Strategic Plan sets the directions and priorities to guide the activities of Members and constituent bodies to enable the improvement of their core information, products and services, to maintain necessary infrastructures and to directly benefit from advancements in science and technology. This Plan emphasizes seven key priorities.
These priorities reflect the inputs from all WMO Members and constituent bodies and guided decisions for the WMO Strategic Plan 2016-2019 (link below) to ensure the greatest benefits to Members. These priorities as well as expected results (Annex I) are reflected in the integrated WMO results-based budget and detailed in the WMO Operating Plan, which presents time-bound programme activities and projects. The WMO Operating Plan forms the basis for resource allocation, and defines the risks and performance matrices against which to assess progress to achieve expected results through the WMO Monitoring and Evaluation System.
WMO has built its strategic planning on the results-based management (RBM) concept, which also steers programme definition, implementation and management in the Secretariat. This approach enables the Organization to better achieve its objectives and assist Members in realizing their own sustainable plans. The WMO strategic planning process begins with the integration of Members’ input into a high-level planning document that defines the global societal needs, strategies thrusts, strategic priorities and expected results.
Seven strategic priorities of WMO
Disaster Risk Reduction
Improve the accuracy and effectiveness of impact-based forecasts and multi-hazard early warnings of high impact meteorological, hydrological and related environmental hazards from the tropics to the poles, thereby contributing to international efforts on disaster risk reduction, resilience and prevention, in particular in response to the risks associated with increasing population exposure.
Global Framework for Climate Services
Implement climate services, particularly for countries that lack them by:
(a) establishing regional climate centres
WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) and WMO Information System (WIS)
Strengthen the global observing systems through full implementation of WMO Integrated Global Observing System and WMO Information System for robust, standardized, integrated, accurate and quality assured relevant observations of the Earth System to support all WMO priorities and expected results.
Improve the ability of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to provide sustainable high quality services in support of safety, efficiency and regularity of air traffic management worldwide, with due account to environmental factors by:
(a) accelerating the implementation of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)/WMO competency and qualification standards and Quality Management Systems
Polar and High Mountain Regions
Improve operational meteorological and hydrological monitoring, prediction and services in polar, high mountain regions and beyond by:
(a) operationalizing the Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW)
Enhance the capacity of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to deliver on their mission by developing and improving competent human resource, technical and institutional capacities and infrastructure, particularly in developing, least developed and small island developing states.
Improve efficiency and effectiveness of WMO though adopting continuous improvement measures and recommendations based on a strategic review of WMO structures, operating arrangements and budgeting practices.