WMO serves the interests of its Members. It seeks to support them in achieving their goals in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. In particular, WMO Members are committed to delivering high-quality weather, climate and water information and services that will assist decision-makers at all levels of society. These services contribute to the global agenda, notably the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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. The reform aims to coordinate systems of observation and data management, to standarize observations and measurements, to provide mechanisms for engaging with partners beyond the WMO community and to harmonize services for decision-making and socioeconomic benefits.
The potential benefits of the WMO reform process:
- Earth system approach: meteorology, climatology, hydrology, oceanography, seismology, volcanology, air quality, greenhouse gases
- Multi-hazard and impact based seamless services: weather, climate, water, aviation, marine, agriculture, urban, energy, health
- Wide climate perspective: observations, services, science, mitigation and adaptation
- Engagement of hydrological services in WMO activities and weather-water synergies
- Organized and controlled engagement of private sector in WMO activities
- Optimal use of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and Secretariat resources, thus providing more support for regional activities
WMO for the 21st Century