How we do it

How we do it

Through its Technical Commissions, Programmes, Projects and Regional Offices as well as by synergistic partnerships, WMO facilitates 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.

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.

"Before the Storm," Davor, Croatia by Ivica Brlic


Within its mandate in the areas of weather, climate and water, WMO focuses on many different aspects and issues from observations, information exchange and research to weather forecasts and early warnings, from capacity development and monitoring of greenhouse gases to application services and much, much more.


Development Partnerships

There is an urgent need to go beyond business as usual when it comes to  strengthening hydromet capaci

Public-Private Engagement (PPE)

Over the last years, WMO, in cooperation with various partners, has been developing a new approach for greater engagement between the public, private and academic sectors operating in the global weather enterprise. In 2018 and 2019 – at the 70th Session of its Executive Council and the 18th Session of the World Meteorological Congress – WMO refined guidance and policies to encourage and enable Members to pursue mutually beneficial partnerships and engagement with all sectors and stakeholders in order to enhance weather, climate and water services for business, individuals and society as a whole.

Open Consultative Platform (OCP) site