Public-Private Engagement (PPE)

Public-Private Engagement (PPE)

Over the last years, WMO, in cooperation with various partners, has been developing a new approach for greater engagement between the public, private and academic sectors operating in the global weather enterprise. In 2018 and 2019 – at the 70th Session of its Executive Council and the 18th Session of the World Meteorological Congress – WMO refined guidance and policies to encourage and enable Members to pursue mutually beneficial partnerships and engagement with all sectors and stakeholders in order to enhance weather, climate and water services for business, individuals and society as a whole.

Open Consultative Platform (OCP) site


November 2021:

> Arabic, Chinese and Russian versions of the Guidelines for Public-private Engagement are now available (23 November 2021)

October 2021:

> Summary Report of the Second High-Level Session of the Open Consultative Platform (OCP-HL-2) is now available (28 October 2021)

> Video recording and copy of slides of the OCP Innovation Webinar "Met Office and Microsoft share information on what their partnership means for the future of the Met Office" are now available (28 October 2021)

September 2021:

> The upcoming OCP Innovation Webinar "Met Office and Microsoft share information on what their partnership means for the future of the Met Office" will be held on 4 October 2021. For more information, please visit information page or our special announcement below. (27 September 2021)

August 2021:

> The contents especially in Activities and Events and PPE Resources sections have been reorganized to make them much easier to read and use. (23 August 2021)

June 2021:

> Video gallery is now available for the Second High-level Session of the Open Consultative Platform (OCP-HL-2) (30 June 2021)

> Press release of the Second High-level Session of the Open Consultative Platform (OCP-HL-2) (9 June 2021)

May 2021:

> Spanish version of the Guidelines for Public-private Engagement is now available (28 May 2021)

> The Second High-level Session of the Open Consultative Platform (OCP-HL-2) held on 26-27 May 2021 (presentation files now available) (27 May 2021)

April 2021:

> OCP Innovation Webinar with Microsoft and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (21 April 2021)

> WMO Open Consultative Platform White Paper #1 - Future of Weather and Climate Forecasting is now available (8 April 2021)

About PPE

Implementing Mechanisms:

Activities and Events

PPE Resources

WMO drives awareness building and improved cooperation among the public, private and academic sectors.
WMO PPE calls for all stakeholders' participation in the open processes.
Connect to and participate in the PPE activities.
Find a series of good practices, news, relevant publications, and other information for partners.

WMO, as a United Nations organization, is driven by the United Nations' global agendas. Today, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change are the principal global agreements framing the goals and objectives of WMO.

The WMO Strategic Plan 2020-2023 sets three overarching priorities: enhancing preparedness for hydrometeorological extremes, supporting climate-smart decisions and enhancing socioeconomic benefits of related services. Its aim is for greater contribution to the societal needs reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Plan recognizes the growing demand for actionable, accessible and authoritative science-based information to address the increasing threats of extreme weather and the urgency of climate action for resilience, mitigation and adaptation. It addresses, in particular, the need to reduce the growing capacity gap in infrastructure and services among its Members by making use of rapid advancements in science and technology and through innovative partnerships. Achievement of the UN's global goals and the WMO Strategic Plan requires that different sectors and actors work in partnership in an integrated manner, pooling financial resources, knowledge and expertise.

The WMO strategic orientation towards an Earth System approach – and the changing data and service delivery landscape – urges the development of innovative partnerships between the various stakeholders engaged in the weather, climate and water services value chain. Since 2014, WMO has accelerated its work on such partnerships by shaping a new multi-stakeholder workstream branded Public-Private Engagement (PPE). In 2019, the 18th session of the World Meteorological Congress adopted the Geneva Declaration 2019: Building Community for Weather, Climate and Water Actions (which is available in English, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish from WMO Library) – a high-level policy act manifesting the WMO position, policy and guidance on public-private engagement in support of the Sustainable Development Agenda, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.


How to get involved

PPE activities, including meetings and events, are made possible through joint partnerships and sponsorship. Any form of contributions, financial or in-kind, can advance the joint PPE effort within and beyond each individual sector’s means.

Partners contribute to various PPE initiatives by participating in the open dialogue, identifying common challenges (White Papers), sharing good practices, contributing to collaborative partnerships and practices, and securing financial resources to conduct joint activities. WMO welcomes the opportunity to form partnerships with governments, the private sector, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, academia, foundations and associations.

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PPE and WMO Members

WMO Members, on the adoption of the Geneva Declaration 2019, reaffirmed their commitment to work more closely with a broad range of stakeholders from all sectors to meet growing societal needs. Within the WMO PPE framework, Members are encouraged to assess the current status of the “national weather, climate and water enterprise” and the associated enabling legislative environment for the public-private-academic engagement and collaboration.

By establishing and guiding the national PP(A)E dialogue, Members can build mutual awareness and trust, as well as collectively evaluate, strengthen and innovate the entire value change of weather, climate and water services. Targets and success indicators could be co-developed to address diverse societal requirements, as well as business models, through such a dialogue.

WMO PPE supports Members’ efforts to initiate national/regional dialogues and initiatives to build trust and enhance cooperation among stakeholders in all sectors.

Special Announcement

Met Office and Microsoft share information on what their partnership means for the future of the Met Office (online) at 12-13h UTC, Monday, 4 October 2021

In April 2021, the UK Met Office signed a multimillion-pound agreement with Microsoft for the provision of a world-leading supercomputing capability that will take weather and climate forecasting to the next level, and help the UK stay safe and thrive. Once up and running, the new supercomputer will help ensure government, industry and communities are better prepared for severe weather and the changing climate through more detailed models, better forecasting of local-scale weather and increased access to greater amounts of weather and climate data. Led by the Chief Executive, Prof Endersby, the Met Office is working with Microsoft to harness their next supercomputing capability and data technologies to deliver scientific and technological innovation for weather and climate forecasting. The audience will hear and understand opportunities arising out of such an innovative partnership to enable better contribution to the society. This Innovation Webinar provides the opportunity for participants to learn more about this leading example of public-private engagement, and to ask questions on the value of this partnership, how it started and is progressing. 


Information page

Event Flyer

Second High-level Session of the Open Consultative Platform (OCP-HL-2) on 26-27 May 2021, 15:00 - 16:30 (CEST/GMT+2)

The Second High-level Session of the Open Consultative Platform (OCP-HL-2) was held on 26 and 27 May as an online event (Two-day online; 1.5-hour per day). The session discussed progress in thematic areas identified as “grand challenges” at the High-Level Round Table (OCP-HL-1). The Session focused on two of the five themes of common concern for the stakeholders from all sectors identified at OCP-HL-1: A) the future of weather and climate forecasting, and B) the evolving roles and responsibilities – the future of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. The discussions support the building of a common vision of the weather and climate community with horizon 2030 and beyond.

OCP-HL-2 was hosted by WMO Secretary-General, Prof. Petteri Taalas, and the President of WMO, Prof. Gerhard Adrian. And the two 90-minute thematic sessions was moderated by Erica Grow (USA) and Gerald Fleming (Ireland). A high-level panel with up to fifteen invited participants followed after the presentations to delve further into the highly important themes, aiming at formulating key messages on the way forward. 

Event page of OCP-HL-2

Summary Report of OCP-HL-2

Video Gallery - breakdown video compilations from host, moderators, speakers and panelists

Press release on 9 June 2021


OCP Innovation Webinar - Microsoft and the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Wednesday 21 April 2021, 16:00 - 17:30 (CEST/GMT+2)

The WMO Open Consultative Platform (OCP) "Partnership and Innovation for the Next Generation of Weather and Climate Intelligence" is a place for sharing information and knowledge between the public and private sector, and for promoting collaboration in addressing global societal challenges. We are pleased to announce an Innovation Webinar with the kind support from Microsoft on the theme: "Microsoft and the UN Sustainable Development Goals – A deep dive into digital technologies and innovations to accelerate climate, water and weather goals." 

Event page of this webinar

WMO Open Consultative Platform White Paper #1 - Future of weather and climate forecasting

In June 2019, WMO launched the Open Consultative Platform (OCP), Partnership and Innovation for the Next Generation of Weather and Climate Intelligence, in recognition that the progress in weather and climate services to the society will require a community-wide approach with participation of the stakeholders from the public and private sectors, as well as academia and civil society. We are pleased to inform the community that the first OCP White Paper entitled “Future of weather and climate forecasting” has been published as WMO-No. 1263. This White Paper is a collective endeavor of more than 30 lead scientists and experts to analyze trends, challenges and opportunities in a very dynamic environment. The main purpose of the paper is to set directions and recommendations for scheduled progress, avoiding potential disruptions and leveraging opportunities through public–private engagement over the coming decade. 

WMO library link of this white paper

Press release on 1 April 2021

Guidelines for Public-private Engagement Now Available as WMO Publication in English, French and Spanish

Following the adoption of the high-level policy stated in the Geneva Declaration – 2019: Building Community for Weather, Climate and Water Actions, there is an apparent need for guidance to Members on enabling and establishing successful public-private engagement. The new publication WMO-No. 1258 (2021 edition) comes as a response to this need. The Guidelines are aimed to inform and facilitate global, regional and national actions towards proactive engagement between the stakeholders from public, private and academic sectors, which would result in better service to Members’ governments, economy and citizens. The Guidelines outline and promote principles aimed at maximizing the benefits of an inclusive weather and climate enterprise approach. Currently available in English, French, and Spanish, the versions in the other WMO official languages will follow soon.