World Meteorological Organization - WMO


The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is the UN system's authoritative voice on 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.

The subsidiary bodies of the are:

The  World Meteorological Organization is composed by the World Meteorological Congress, the Executive Council and the Regional Associations.

The World Meteorological Congress is the supreme body of the Organization, it determines the general policies to be followed for the fulfilment of the objectives of the Organization; it approves long-term plans, authorizes maximum expenditure for the following financial period, adopts Technical Regulations relating to international meteorological and operational hydrological practice, elects the President and Vice-Presidents of the Organization and members of the Executive Council and appoints the Secretary-General. The XVII Meeting of the World Meteorological Congress will be held in Geneva from 25 May to 12 June 2015.

The Executive Council is responsible for the coordination of the programmes of the Organization and the utilization of its budgetary resources in accordance with the decision of Congress. Composed of 37 directors of National Meteorological or Hydrometeorological Services, it meets at least once a year to implement the programmes approved by Congress and review the activities of the Organization.

The regional associations are responsible for coordinating meteorological, hydrological and related activities within their respective regions: Region I (Africa), Region II (Asia), Region III (South America), Region IV (North America, Central America and the Caribbean), Region V (South-West Pacific) Region VI (Europe). The President of each regional association is a member of the Executive Council.


Colombia and the WMO:

The Treaty was adopted by Law  36 of 1961 and ratified in 5 January, 1962.

The Representation in Colombia is at the head of the Institute of Environmental Studies – IDEAM.

Director General of IDEAM, participated in the XVI Session of Regional Association III (RA III-16) - South America, held from 15 to 20 September 2014 in Asunción (Paraguay), where he was elected as Vice-President of the Hydrology Group of South America.







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