Public-Private Engagement

Public-Private Engagement

The World Meteorological Organization has established a goal of expanding the cooperation between the various stakeholders participating in the global weather enterprise. This is in-line with the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 which emphasizes the need for more partnerships between public and private sectors as a necessity for achieving the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

WMO, as a United Nations organization, is driven by the Global UN agenda. Today, it is based on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted in 2015 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The achievement of the 2030 SDGs will require different sectors and actors working together in an integrated manner by pooling financial resources, knowledge and expertise. The new development era with 17 intertwined SDGs and 169 associated targets as a blue print for achieving the sustainable ‘Future We Want’, cross sectorial and innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships will play a crucial role for meeting the targets by the year 2030.

Sustainable Development Goal 17, which reads “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development”, recognizes multi-stakeholder partnerships as important vehicles for mobilizing and sharing knowledge, expertise technologies and financial resources to support the achievement of the SDGs in all countries, particularly developing countries. Goal 17 further seeks to encourage and promote effective partnerships between public, private and academic sectors, as well as civil society, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships. 

Starting from 2014, several important events organized or supported by WMO in cooperation with various partners, traced a new approach towards an extended engagement between the public, private and academic sectors in the context of the Global Weather Enterprise. The 70th Session of the Executive Council (June 2018) and the 18th World Meteorological Congress (June 2019) will develop further the guidance and policies needed by Members to strongly encourage and enable mutually beneficial partnerships and engagement between all sectors and stakeholders bringing tangible benefits to industries, peoples and society as a whole. 

Documents and publications related to PPE

The following reports and documents provide information about these events and their outcomes:

WMO Policy Framework on Public-Private Engagement

The 70th Session of the Executive Council (EC-70) held in June 2018 adopted the WMO Policy Framework on Public-Private Engagement. The framework is the first WMO formally approved document on the issue of public-private engagement and partnership and also covers the related subject of the global weather enterprise. It provides a set of basic principles for successful public-private engagement between the state sector players, like the NMHS, and stakeholders from the private and academic sectors. The EC-70 also gave directions for the next steps in the area of PPE and GWE including the development of a high-level policy act (a declaration) to be submitted for consideration by the 18th World Meteorological Congress in June 2019.