Congress is the general assembly of delegates representing Members and as such is the supreme body of the Organization. The ordinary sessions of Congress are convened once every four years, when decisions of the highest importance to the Organization are taken. The provisional agenda for the Eighteenth Congress developed by the Executive Council is provided in the annex. Parallel events will be organized and contribute to Congress deliberations, such as a hydrological assembly and public-private dialogue (in conjunction with the World Meteo Expo organized atPalexpo). The widest possible representation of Members of the Organization is therefore highly desirable and it is sincerely hoped that your Government will find it possible to send a delegation to the forthcoming Congress.
Each Member shall designate one of its delegates, who should be the Director of its Meteorological or Hydrometeorological Service, as its principal delegate. Furthermore, the Executive Council urged Members to include directors/heads of the national Hydrological Services in national delegations to Congress. I should be grateful if in compliance with Regulation 21 of the General Regulations, you would inform me of the names of the persons composing the delegation which will represent your country, and the capacity in which each person will attend.
Established in 1950, WMO recognizes the need to continuously adapt to a rapidly changing world. The need for regular reform is being driven by environmental degradation, resource constraints, increased competition, technological advances, and other forces. The goal for WMO is to remain fit-for-purpose and to become more and more nimble and cost-effective.