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.


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 require 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 – 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.



About PPE

An inclusive partnership between public, private and academic sectors, as well as civil society, at global, regional and national levels, is essential to achieve the UN's global agendas and to expand opportunities to integrate weather/climate/water information and services to the smart society of the future. WMO has been undertaking various activities to build awareness and improve understanding and cooperation between institutions and organizations from the public, private and academic sectors, often referred to as the “weather enterprise”.


Implementing Mechanisms

One of the foremost objectives of implementing the PPE is to ensure that all stakeholders of the weather, climate and water enterprise are involved in and contribute to high-quality information and services. To this end, the following elements are identified as key implementing mechanisms.

Activities and Events

Connect to and participate in the PPE activities - calls for engagement and information sharing, and relevant meetings.


PPE Resources

Find a series of good practices, news, relevant publications, and other information for partners.