Vision, Mission, Strategic Priorities

Vision, Mission, Strategic Priorities

WMO provides world leadership and expertise in international cooperation in the delivery and use of high-quality, authoritative weather, climate, hydrological and related environmental services by its Members, for the improvement of the well-being of societies of all nations.

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.

Strategic planning

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: governance, capacity development, Global Framework for Climate Servies, natural hazards and disaster risk reduction, WMO Information System, WMO Integrated Global Observing System, aeronautic meteorology, and polar and high-mountian regions.

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.

Planning process

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.

Strategic priorities of WMO:


The World Meteorological Congress is the supreme body of WMO. The Executive Council implements its decisions, while six Regional Associations are responsible for the coordination of meteorological, hydrological and related activities within their respective Regions. The structure of WMO is transitioning from eight to two Technical Commissions, following approval of a Constituent Bodies Governance Reform by the Eighteenth World Meteorological Congress in June 2019.

Capacity development

WMO assists in the capacity development of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services by developing and improving human resource as well as technical and institutional capacities and infrastructure, particularly in developing, least developed and small island developing states and territories.

Natural hazards and disaster risk reduction

Natural hazards are severe and extreme weather and climate events that occur in all parts of the world, although some regions are more vulnerable to certain hazards than others. Natural hazards become disasters when people’s lives and livelihoods are destroyed.

WMO Information System (WIS)

WMO Information System (WIS) supports robust, standardized, integrated, accurate and quality assured relevant observations of the Earth System to support all WMO priorities and expected results.

Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology (CAeM)

The Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology is the driving force behind the Aeronautical Meteorology Programme.

Polar and high-mountain regions

It is now clear that these changes are indicators of the effects of human activities elsewhere on Earth and will have profound effects on human society around the world if they continue. The sensitivity of the polar regions is increasingly understood as an issue of global significance.

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