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WMO: World Meteorological Organization




Article 2 of the WMO Convention provides the purposes of the Organization, which are as follows:

  1. To facilitate worldwide cooperation in the establishment of networks of stations for the making of meteorological observations as well as hydrological and other geophysical observations related to meteorology, and to promote the establishment and maintenance of centres charged with the provision of meteorological and related services;

  2. To promote the establishment and maintenance of systems for the rapid exchange of meteorological and related information;

  3. To promote standardization of meteorological and related observations and to ensure the uniform publication of observations and statistics;

  4. To further the application of meteorology to aviation, shipping, water problems, agriculture and other human activities;

  5. To promote activities in operational hydrology and to further close cooperation between Meteorological and Hydrological Services;

  6. To encourage research and training in meteorology and, as appropriate, in related fields and to assist in coordinating the international aspects of such research and training.

Hence, WMO serves:

  1. To coordinate the activities of its Members in the generation and exchange of information on weather, climate and water according to internationally agreed standards; research at national, international and global levels; and the training of professionals to internationally recognized levels;

  2. To facilitate the development of services which improve the wellbeing and safety of communities, nations and the whole of humankind

Weather, water and climate know no borders and effective services to users, economic sectors and the public at large depend on these exchanges of information. WMO is strongly committed to the promotion, coordination and support of implementation of ICTs for improving the global, regional and national production, exchange and distribution of information and warnings on weather, climate and water, and will pursue actions for the development of the WMO Information System in line with the outcomes of the WSIS and towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The availability of information technology has therefore a key role to play in enabling and fostering access to weather, climate and water information and services for the safety of life of property and the sustainable development for the benefit of humanity