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.
A multi-stakeholder approach could be traced back deeply in the roots of the WMO and its preceding international cooperation initiatives. It is seen in one of the first meeting invitations sent to the international meteorological community:
“We venture by the present circular to invite the heads of Meteorological Institutes, the Meteorological and other Learned Societies, as well as private scientific men and practical observers in the domain of Meteorology, to this consultative meeting, which is to be held in Leipzig …”
(From the invitation letter to the Meteorological Conference at Leipzig, August 1872)
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) have 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.