The Regional Programme supports the six WMO Regional Associations, which coordinate regional activities by identifying the needs of Members, establishing requirements for regional networks, planning and monitoring progress; organizing regional subsidiary structures and promoting regional partnerships. The Programme ensures that the particular needs of Regions are considered, taking into account the best interests of WMO as a whole. The Programme also assists weather services at the national and regional levels, enabling them to play a key role in the protection of life and property as well as in socio-economic development.
The cross-cutting Regional programme provides two-way communication between Members and the Secretariat, facilitating expert assistance particularly for developing and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Island Territories. Through this Programme, WMO builds partnerships with relevant regional and sub-regional organizations, inter-governmental and economic groupings.