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WMO External Relations Office

The main objectives are:

  • To promote recognition of WMO and NMHSs as the authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources;
  • To project their role as contributors to the formulation and implementation of relevant international conventions, protocols and other legal instruments on science-based research; and
  • To serve as a focal point for collaboration with United Nations system organizations, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, including meteorological and hydrological societies, the private sector and Members' permanent missions, and for enhancement of the image and visibility of WMO and NMHSs in supporting the development of meteorology (including climatology) and hydrology.

The External Relations Office is responsible for maintaining liaison with and assisting in the coordination of WMO's activities related to regional and international intergovernmental organizations and NGOs in order to promote WMO's objectives by ensuring liaison with government authorities, permanent missions of Members in Geneva and with other governmental agencies. It also promotes Information and Public Affairs activities in order to facilitate the achievement of WMO's objectives, including liaison, and promoting the visibility and image of WMO and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services.


Networks of advisers on external relations

The First WMO Symposium on Strengthening Cooperation among NMHSs and WMO, co-sponsored with the China Meteorological Administration, was held from 4 to 6 September 2006 in Beijing, China. In view of the positive outcome of the Symposium, Fifteenth World Meteorological Congress (Geneva, 7–25 May 2007) strongly recommended that similar symposia be organized in the future. It was also recommended that a global network of advisers or focal points on external relations be developed and maintained. The Secretary-General was requested to take further action on this matter.

At present, 137 Members have designated advisers on external relations [37 from RA I (Africa), 27 from RA II (Asia), 13 from RA III (South America), 13 from RA IV (North America, Central America and the Caribbean), 6 from RA V (South-West Pacific) and 41 from RA VI (Europe)].

Following the recommendations of Fifteenth Congress and the Second WMO Symposium on Strengthening Cooperation among NMHSs and WMO (3-13 September 2007, Beijing, China), two WMO workshops for advisers on external relations to permanent representatives for RA I (Africa) and RA II/V (Asia/South-West Pacific) were held, with financial support from Australia, China, Japan, Finland, France, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom and USA, in Pretoria, South Africa, from 13 to 15 March 2008 and Jeju, Republic of Korea, from 28 to 30 April 2008, respectively. A regional group of advisers on external relations to permanent representatives was informally established by the 14th session of RA VI (Europe) (Heidelberg, Germany, 7-15 September 2005) for the exchange of views and experiences in international cooperation in meteorology and hydrology.


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