WMO provides update on public-private engagement developments

Published 6 Jul 2021


The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its latest update on events and developments that have taken place as part of its Public-Private Engagement (PPE) initiative and Open Consultative Platform (OCP).


The WMO’s OCP offers a mechanism for addressing collaboratively the grand challenges before the weather enterprise in an open, constructive and participatory way. 


Recent events included the Second High-level Session of the OCP (OCP-HL-2), which was held on 26-27 May 2021 as an online event. The session discussed progress in thematic areas identified as “grand challenges” at the High-Level Round Table (OCP-HL-1) in 2019. The Session focused on two themes: the future of weather and climate forecasting, and the evolving roles and responsibilities of national meteorological and hydrological services. To read more about the event and view the presentations, click here.


In April, the OCP held an Innovation Webinar with Microsoft on the theme: "Microsoft and the UN Sustainable Development Goals – A deep dive into digital technologies and innovations to accelerate climate, water and weather goals." The webinar had presentations on Microsoft's main initiatives to empower people and organizations with innovative technologies. To watch the webinar, click here.


Also in April, the second ECOWAS Hydromet Forum with the ECOWAS DRR Subregional platform was held virtually. Hosted by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) together with the World Bank, the WMO and many other partners, the forum included a session on PPE titled, “Towards Sustainable and Effective Hydromet Services in West Africa through Public-Private Engagement.” The session details can be found here.


The WMO has also reported that Dimitar Ivanov, director of the PPE Office at the WMO Secretariat, retires effective 30 June 2021 after years of dedicated service to WMO and members. He will be relieved by Tatsuya Kimura effective 1 July 2021.