The activities of WMO facilitate the maintenance and expansion of its Members' atmospheric, oceanographic and land-based observational networks; the free unrestricted exchange of the resulting data and information; and related capacity development and research in order to optimize the production of weather, climate and water-related services worldwide.
The WMO Operating Plan 2020-2023 translates the WMO Strategic Plan - which articulates the high-level vision, mission, core values and overarching priorities of the Organization - into specific actions by defining outputs to be delivered and annual milestones to be achieved. It also lists planned activities, indicates the resources available, and outlines performance indicators intended to measure progress in achieving the strategic objectives
- Long-Term Goal 1: Better serve societal needs: Delivering, authoritative, accessible, user-oriented and fit-for-purpose information and services
- Long-Term Goal 2: Enhance Earth system observations and predictions: Strengthening the technical foundation for the future
- Long-Term Goal 3: Advance targeted research: Leveraging leadership in science to improve understanding of the Earth system for enhanced services
- Long-Term Goal 4: Close the capacity gap on weather, climate, hydrological and related environmental services: Enhancing service delivery capacity of developing countries to ensure availability of essential information and services needed by governments, economic sectors and citizens
- Long-Term Goal 5: Strategic realignment of WMO structure and programmes for effective policy- and decision-making and implementation
In order to achieve its long-term goals, WMO assists Members with technology transfer, training for capacity development, collaboration on research and the provision of weather, climate and water-related services. The Organization also contributes to policy formulation in areas related to weather, climate and water at national and international levels.