WMO - anglais
|The millésime of the Vigne des Nations for the millennium – the year 2000 – was dedicated to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which is an authoritative voice on the state and behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.|
against natural disasters, to safeguarding the environment and to enhancing the economic and social well-being of all sectors of society in areas such as food security, water resources and transport.
Established in 1950, the WMO originates from the International Meteorological Organization (IMO), which was founded in 1873. It is the specialized agency of the United Nations for meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences. It has a unique role within the UN system and facilitates the free and unrestricted exchange of data and information, products and services in real- or near-real time on matters relating to safety and security of society, economic well being and the prevention of the environment.
As weather and climate know no national boundaries, international cooperation at a global scale is essential for the development of meteorology and operational hydrology as well as to reap the benefits from their applications. WMO plays a leading role in international efforts to monitor and protect the environment through its Programmes, such as the World Weather Watch Programme, World Climate Programme, the Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme, and the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme. It also helps to implement conventions, such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the International Convention to Combat Desertification, and the Vienna Convention on the Protection of Ozone Layer and its Protocols and Amendments. It provides advice and assessments to governments on matters relating to these Conventions.