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Sixteenth World Meteorological Congress
Geneva, Switzerland
16 May – 3 June 2011

World Meteorological Congress, the supreme body of the Organization, assembles delegates of Members once every four years to:

  • - determine general policies for the fulfillment of the purposes of WMO;
  • - consider membership of WMO;
  • - establish and coordinate the activities of constituent bodies of the Organization;
  • - approve long-term plans and the budget for the following financial period;
  • - elect the President and Vice-Presidents of the Organization and members of the Executive Council;
  • - appoint the Secretary-General.

The Congress will be opened by outgoing WMO President, Dr Alexander Bedritskiy and WMO Secretary-General, Mr Michel Jarraud. There will be a High-Level Segment attended by Heads of State/Government and Ministers, on 16 and 17 May 2011.

The Congress will consider strategic plan and budget of WMO future priorities for 2012-2015, in particular. These includes the proposed the Global Framework for Climate Services, the WMO Strategy for Capacity Development, the WMO Integrated Global Observing System, the WMO Information System, the Disaster Risk Reduction, the Aeronautical Meteorological  Services.


The Sixteenth World Meteorological Congress will be held at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG) from 16 May to 3 June 2011. The CICG is located at 15/17, rue de Varembé, close to the Place des Nations. The opening ceremony of Cg-XVI will take place at 10.00 a.m. on Monday, 16 May 2011.


Plenary sessions will be open to journalists.

The agenda, tentative workplan and documents are available on the following web page:


Representatives of the media will need to be accredited in advance by submitting the form to Communications and Public Affairs Office, WMO:

Should you wish to make any amendments to your accreditation after your registration, please contact

WMO is the United Nations' authoritative voice on weather, climate and water


For more information please contact Communications and Public Affairs Office, WMO:

Ms Carine Richard-Van Maele, Chief, Tel: +41 (0)22 730 83 15, E-mail:,

Ms Clare Nullis, Press Officer, Tel: +41 (0) 22 730 8478, E-mail:


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