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Role and operation of NMHSs

WMO assists the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, especially those of developing and least developed countries, in their efforts to contribute, in the most effective manner, to the national development and to become full partners in global collaborative efforts.

WMO Convention reaffirms the vital importance of the mission of the National Meteorological, Hydrometeorological and Hydrological Services in observing and understanding weather and climate and in providing meteorological, hydrological and related services in support of relevant national needs which should include the following areas:

(a) Protection of life and property,
(b) Safeguarding the environment,
(c) Contributing to sustainable development,
(d) Promoting long-term observation and collection of meteorological, hydrological and climatological data, including related environmental data,
(e) Promotion of endogenous capacity-building,
(f) Meeting international commitments,
(g) Contributing to international cooperation.

Geneva Declaration (Cg-XIII, Annex IV, 1999)

Congress XIII decisions regarding the role and operation of NMHSs (Resolution 26 (Cg-XIII), 1999)

Statement on the role and operation of NMHSs for decision-makers (EC-LVII, Annex VII, 2005)

The Role and Operation of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services - A statement by the World Meteorological Organization for Directors of NMHSs (EC-65, Annex II, 2013)

Results of the Survey on the Role and Operation of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services conducted in June-August 2011









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