World Meteorological Organization
The 188-member organization provides scientific information on and projections of the state and behaviour of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.
WMO facilitates international cooperation on the establishment of networks of stations for making meteorological, hydrological and other geophysical observations. It promotes the rapid and free exchange of weather, water and climate data, the standardization of meteorological observations and the uniform publication of observations and statistics. Its activities are centred on the following ten major programmes:
- World Weather Watch;
- the World Climate Programme;
- the Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme;
- the Applications of Meteorology Programme;
- the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme;
- the Education and Training Programme;
- Technical Cooperation(including a programme for Least Developed Countries);
- the WMO Regional Programme;
- the Space Programme; and
- the Natural Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Programme.
with organizations inside and outside the UN family, including NGOs such as the International Council for Science (ICSU) and regional IGOs. Cooperation with UNEP includes the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.