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.




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November 2022:

 Now you can find the recording of the WMO Technical Conference on the UN Early Warning Initiative for Climate Adaptation: "Early Warnings for All" on this website.

 Now you can find the presentations and recording of the High-Level Regional Forum of the Open Consultative Platform in the Regional Association VI (Europe) of WMO in the information website. 

October 2022:

 Now you can find available the slides of the presentations of the WMO Technical Conference on the UN Global Early Warning Initiative for Climate Adaptation: "Early Warnings for All" on the information website.

 The WMP Technical Conference on "The UN Global Early Warning Initiative for Climate Adaptation: Early Warnings for All" will take place the 22 October 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland with the participation of BIG Tech, the wider private sector and other UN Agencies. For online participation, please visit the website and register. You can check the concept note here.

 The High-Level Regional Forum of the Open Consultative Platform in the Regional Association VI (Europe) of WMO will take place the 2nd November 2022 during the Regional Conference of RA VI (RA VI RECO) at WMO Salle Obasi in Geneva, Switzerland. Please register by filling this form and visit the information site to have access to the ZOOM LINK.

September 2022:

A Meteorological Exhibition, jointly organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), China Meteorological Administration (CMA) and China Meteorological Services Association (CMSA) will be held during the China International Fair for Trade in Service (CIFTIS) in Beijing, China from the 1 - 5 September 2022. Contact Ms Zhan Bohan from CMA for details of registration and reservation of an online/onsite exhibition stand. The event will be hybrid. More information here.

 August 2022:

Now you can find the recordings available in Spanish and English of the High-Level Regional Forum of the OCP in the Regional Association III (South America) on the information site.

Recording of the OCP Innovation Webinar "Improving Decision Making During Extreme Flood Event" which took place the 11 July 2022, is available here.

Now you can check the Key Messages from the Launch of the High-Level Regional Forum of the Open Consultative Platform in Regional Association III (South-America) held the 21 July 2022 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. This information will be available at the new information site of the High-Level Regional Forums of the OCP.

July 2022:

Slides of presentations from the of the Launch of the High-Level Regionl Forum of the Open Consultative Platform are available on the information site

The Launch of the High-Level Regional Forum of the Open Consultative Platform will take place the 21st July 2022 in Cartagena, Colombia. It will be in a hybrid configuration allowing interpretation from English-Spanish and vice-versa. Click here to register for online participation. If you wish to attend physically, please contact Information site.

The next OCP Innovation Webinar, entitled Improving Decision Making During Extreme Flood Event, will take place the 11 July 2022 in an online configuration. Click here to register for online participation. For more information, Please visit the information site.

The recording of the Third High-Level Session of the Open Consultative Platform held last 20 June 2022 in Geneva is now available here. For more information, please visit the OCP Website. 

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About PPE


Implementing Mechanisms:

Open Consultative Platform

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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.
Find more information about what the Open Consultative Platform is.
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 contribution, 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 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 and 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.


>  August Newsletter Issue available in the Newsletter Section

The 2022 WMO Teccal Conference on Meteorological and Environmental Instruments and Methods of Observation (TECO-2022) will take place from 10 to 13 October 2022. If any of the topics are of your interest, please submit your abstracts at the following link.

Special Announcement

Innovation Webinar "Improving Decision Making During Extreme Flooding Events" (online) at 15:00 CEST, 11 July 2022

The upcoming OCP Innovation webinar will bring together the experts of private companies (Aquatic Informatics and OTT Hydromet), government authorities (Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and Nebraska Water Management) and WMO Secretariat for a robust discussion on existing practices and technological opportunities for public-private collaboration to imporve decision making during extreme flooding events.
Extreme flooding events cause severe life and property losses. Integrated flood risk measurement, assessment and management requires closet engagement and collaboration between public and private sectors. At the webinat, OTT Hyfdromet and Nebraska water management authorities will share their experience on how to better prepare for and reduce flood risk by bringing together the public and private sector's resources and technological solutions. Tge Earth System Monitoring Division (ESM) of the WMO Secretariat will speak about WMO's support for innovative approaches in hydrometry and data management systems. 

Innovation Workshop "WMO HydroHub Phase II Innovation Roadmap" (online) at 13-16h CET, 2 & 4 February 2022

The WMO HydroHub Phase II was launched on 1 September 2021 for a 5-year period, to enhance capacities of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in sustainable operation and effective delivery of hydrological monitoring services for disaster risk reduction, social and economic development and environmental atal protection. Advancing the use of innovative measurement approaches and technologies in operational hydrometry is a core aim of the HydroHub and will be the focus of a number of its activities including Innovation Calls and Innovation Workshops. 

This Innovation Workshop was co-convened by the WMO HydroHub, the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) MOXXI Working group and the WMO Public-Private Engagement Office. 

Information page


Innovation and Cutting-edge Activities in Space-borne Precipitation Measurements and Application (online) at 15:00 - 16:30 UTC, Tuesday, 14 December 2021

More than 5 billion people worldwide live outside of basic weather radar coverage. has recently announced its plan to bring critical weather radar coverage to the entire globe by deploying the first-ever operational satellite constellation equipped with precipitation radars, aiming to provide high-quality weather intelligence to every part of the world. At our next OCP innovation webinar, leaders will provide the audience with details of its constellation. WMO and the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) will present programs and activities related to the current and future space-based global observing system, their impacts on operational and research needs (including for precipitation), and other new observations expected to emerge in the future. This Innovation Webinar provides the opportunity for participants to learn about the future and potential of satellite observations of the Earth System. 

Information page

Event Flyer


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 all WMO official languages

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. Now the PPE Guidelines ara available in all WMO official languages, you can find the links here.

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