A multi-stakeholder approach could be traced back deeply in the roots of the WMO and its preceding international cooperation initiatives. It is seen in one of the first meeting invitations sent to the international meteorological community:
“We venture by the present circular to invite the heads of Meteorological Institutes, the Meteorological and other Learned Societies, as well as private scientific men and practical observers in the domain of Meteorology, to this consultative meeting, which is to be held in Leipzig …” (From the invitation letter to the Meteorological Conference at Leipzig, August 1872)
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WMO has held a top-level dialogue session on the future of weather and climate forecasting as part of its ongoing drive to strengthen collaboration and Public-Private Engagement (PPE) in order to support climate adaptation, sustainable development and build resilience. The second high-level session of the Open Consultative Platform, held virtually on 26-27 May, focused on two priority grand challenges: the future of weather and climate forecasting; and the evolving roles and responsibilities – the future of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs). It was hosted by WMO Secretary-General, Prof. Petteri Taalas, and WMO President Prof. Gerhard Adrian, and brought together leaders from the NMHSs, private companies, meteorological equipment providers, the research community and academia.
The Second High-level Session of the Open Consultative Platform (OCP-HL-2) was held on 26 and 27 May 2021 as an online event (Two-day online; 1.5-hour per day). The session discussed progress in thematic areas identified as “grand challenges” at the High-Level Round Table (OCP-HL-1).
The Session focused on two of the five themes of common concern for the stakeholders from all sectors identified at OCP-HL-1: A) the future of weather and climate forecasting, and B) the evolving roles and responsibilities – the future of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. The discussions support the building of a common vision of the weather and climate community with horizon 2030 and beyond.