Development Partnerships

Development Partnerships

Closing the hydromet capacity gap through effective partnerships

According to the World Economic Forum 2020 Global Risks Report, the  top global risks are weather, climate and water related. Addressing these risks and the associated challenges requires bold and concerted efforts from governments, development partners and the private sector. WMO and its Members play a pivotal role in providing weather, climate, water and related environmental services that protect lives, property and livelihoods – known for short as “hydromet” services. Today, many developing countries  face major capacity constraints in providing such services as the foundation for resilient and sustainable development.

There is an urgent need to go beyond business as usual when it comes to  strengthening hydromet capacity in developing countries through effective partnerships. In June 2019, the World Meteorological Congress adopted a sweeping reform including a resolution to scale up effective partnerships for investments in sustainable and cost-efficient infrastructure and service delivery. This decision represents a milestone in the collaboration between WMO and development partners in supporting developing countries in closing the hydromet capacity gap by 2030. This will be achieved by:

  • Uniting and scaling up efforts
  • Providing WMO technical advice
  • Innovating finance
Alliance for Hydromet Development

The WMO Strategic Plan 20202023 sets an ambitious goal – to close the capacity gap on weather, climate and water services between developed and developing countries. Scaling up effective partnerships is one of the Strategic Objectives to achieve this Goal

Country Support Initiative

Increasing effectiveness of investments in weather, climate and hydrological services

Systematic Observations Financing Facility

The Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF) will support countries to generate and exchange basic observational data critical for improved weather forecasts and climate services. It will provide technical and financial assistance in new ways – applying internationally agreed metrics - the requirements of the Global Basic Observing Network (GBON) - to guide investments, using data exchange as a measure of success, and creating local benefits while delivering on a global public good.

Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS)

The specialized Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative saves lives, assets and livelihoods through increased access to early weather warnings and risk information for people in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) – the world’s most vulnerable countries.