Seventeenth World Meteorological Congress, Geneva, Switzerland, 25 May – 12 June 2015

Seventeenth World Meteorological Congress, Geneva, Switzerland, 25 May – 12 June 2015



1 May 2015

The World Meteorological Congress meets once every four years to determine policies and priorities for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It approves long-term plans and the budget, elects the President and Vice-Presidents of WMO and members of the Executive Council, and appoints the Secretary-General.

The Congress session takes place from Monday 25 May to Friday 12 June at the Geneva International Conference Centre. Plenary sessions are open to accredited media. Full agenda details and conference documents are available here.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) currently has 191 Member States and Territories.

Human activities have led to record concentrations of greenhouse gases which are having a profound impact on the state of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans. Climate change is leading to more frequent and intense extreme events such as heatwaves and floods and is impacting the distribution and availability of water resources.

The World Meteorological Congress will consider how best to tailor WMO’s priorities to respond to present and future challenges, to protect human safety and to support sustainable socio-economic development.

Agenda items include:

  • Improved availability, delivery and use of high-quality weather, climate, water and related environmental predictions to support disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation strategies
  • Stronger capabilities to access, develop, implement and use integrated and interoperable Earth- and space-based systems for weather, climate and hydrological observations, as well as related environmental and space weather observations
  • Enhanced global research capacity for weather, climate, water and the related environmental science and technology development
  • Capacity development, including education and training
  • Global Framework for Climate Services – consideration of energy as a priority sector
  • Future challenges and opportunities: These include open data policies and their impact on WMO stakeholders; integrated meteorological services for future air traffic management; post-2015 UN Development Agenda; future role of the private sector in meteorology; integrated approach to WMO urban activities


Representatives of the media should apply for accreditation by submitting the form to WMO Department of Communications and Public Affairs.

Journalists who are accredited with the United Nations in Geneva do not need additional accreditation.

Should you wish to make any amendments to your accreditation after your registration, please contact registration(at)

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