WMO facilitates scientific and technical activities designed to assist Members to provide, and benefit from, weather, climate and water services and to address present and emerging problems. Experience demonstrates that mutual benefits are gained from cooperative use of the pool of knowledge that has been, and is still being, created by worldwide sharing of meteorological, climatological hydrological and related information among Members. The programmes of WMO are based on this concept and make possible the provision of meteorological and related services in all countries at costs far below those that would be incurred if each Member acted alone.
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.