WMO places particular emphasis on education and training to improve capacity overall in national meteorological and hydrological services (NMHSs). Its first Leadership and Management Programme for Senior Management, inaugurated in 2018 in collaboration with the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS), attracted 20 senior officials from WMO Region II (Asia) and V (South-West Pacific), 2 were heads of NMHSs. A second session conducted on 26–30 August 2019 was similarly popular, with seven heads of NMHSs participating.
The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and National University of Singapore conducted the week-long programme, which covered topics such as Leadership Challenges in the Twenty-First Century and Adaptive Leadership, Concept and Tools for Performance Management, Strategic Foresight and Managing in Complexity, Decision-Making Using Data/Science-based Information, Effective Communications Strategies, Negotiation Strategies, Techniques and Stakeholders Engagements, Public Financial Management. The WMO Education and Training Office provided the WMO perspective on the role, operation and management of NMHSs.
It is expected that the recently concluded programme in Singapore will further enhance the scope and intensity of WMO leadership and management related activities. The evaluation of the programme’s outcomes will provide constructive recommendations and additional impetus to this WMO activity.