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World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

WMO Secretary General, Petteri Taalas (right) opens the 2017 Global Atmosphere Watch Symposium; WMO Photo

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

  • Established pursuant to the World Meteorological Convention adopted at the 12th Conference of Directors of the International Meteorological Organization (IMO) in 1947; commenced operations as the successor to IMO in 1951; became a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1951.
    • World Meteorological Convention
      • Entered into force 1950
  • Relationship Agreement with UN (1951)
  • Governing Bodies
    • World Meteorological Congress
      • Meets every four yesars
    • Executive Council
  • Basic Documents
  • Library
  • Secretaries-General
    • 2016- : Petteri Taalas (Finland)
    • 2004-2015: Michel Jarraud (France) 
    • 1984-2003: Godwin O.P. Obasi (Nigeria) 
    • 1980-1983 : Aksel C. Wiin-Nielsen (Denmark) (Press release WMO/206 [1979])
    • 1955-1979 : David Arthur Davies (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) (Press release WMO/171-BIO/842 [1971])
    • 1951-1955 : Gustav Swoboda (Switzerland)