Public-Private Engagement

Public-Private Engagement

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.

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.

WMO Policy Framework on Public-Private Engagement (PPE)

The WMO Policy Framework on Public-Private Engagement (2018) 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, conforming the high-level policy act, Geneva Declaration 2019.

Geneva Declaration – 2019: Building Community for Weather, Climate and Water Actions.

The Eighteenth World Meteorological Congress (June 2019) adopted Resolution 80 of Geneva Declaration (2019). This policy act reflects the new paradigms of cooperation and partnership between stakeholders from all sectors of the weather enterprise needed as a collective response to global societal risks related to extreme weather, climate change, water scarcity and other environmental hazards.

The declaration is available in the Abridged Final Report of the Eighteenth Congress (English; other official languages of the United Nations here). Geneva Declaration – 2019 brochure is available in Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

Open Consultative Platform (OCP)

The Open Consultative Platform (OCP) will offer a mechanism for addressing collaboratively the grand challenges before the weather enterprise in an open, constructive and participatory way. In the spirit of mutual respect and trust, the platform will enable all stakeholders to stay abreast of issues and opportunities, both institutional and technological, to incentivize win-win approaches and to nurture innovation. A new cooperation paradigm will incorporate active sharing of responsibilities and interacting with each other to move from isolated actions within a single organization to business processes that are developed and shared across sectoral and organizational boundaries. The OCP will help articulate a common vision for the future of the weather enterprise in the coming decade and beyond, thus informing society and decision-makers at all levels of expected progress in mitigating the risks related to weather, climate, water and related environmental hazards.

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Documents and publications related to PPE

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