Planning, Finance, Accountability

Planning, Finance, Accountability

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 the following key priorities:

  • disaster risk reduction
  • the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS)
  • the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS)
  • aviation meteorological services
  • polar and high mountain regions
  • capacity development
  • governance

These priorities reflect the inputs from all WMO Members and constituent bodies and guided decisions for the WMO Strategic Plan 2016-2019 (WMO publication No. 1161) 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.  

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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.

Internal Oversight Office

The Internal Oversight Office (IOO) provides an independent, objective verification of financial, administrative and operational activities of WMO. It uses a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effective, efficient and economical use of all resources.

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External Auditor

The independent External Auditor, appointed by the Executive Council, audits the financial statements of the Organization, including all trust funds and special accounts, and issuing reports on the results.

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Financial Advisory Committee

The Financial Advisory Committee (FINAC) provides advice from WMO Members on financial matters and the affordability, sustainability and implementation of the results-based budget to Congress and the Executive Council. 

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Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is mandated by the Executive Council to make observations and provide feedback to them and the Secretary-General on all matters relating to the legality, compliance, effectiveness, efficiency and economy of the WMO Secretariat management practice, including accounting, finance, ethics, rules, regulations and procedures, in order to assist them in carrying out oversight activities.

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