The WMO Policy Framework on Public-Private Engagement was the first WMO formally approved document on the issue of public-private engagement and partnership in the so called "weather enterprise". The Framework provides a set of basic principles for successful public-private engagement between the state sector players, like the NMHSs, and stakeholders from the private and academic sectors. It aims to build understanding and enhance cooperation among stakeholders in how to sustain and expand the weather enterprise and to maximize its benefits to society in the short- and long-term. The framework seeks to strengthen and enhance opportunities for WMO Members, their NMHSs and the private sector, on the basis of ethical behaviour to ensure a level playing field, enable efficiency and innovation, and utilize an inclusive approach to funding fundamental infrastructure and research.
The framework supports and builds upon the WMO Convention, existing policies and related regulations and guidance. The Convention has ensured the world’s nations do cooperate to create and sustain an international system to observe and predict weather, climate and water; provide reliable information and services to support effective decision-making; reduce the loss of life and property; further sustainable development; and preserve the environment and the global climate for present and future generations of humankind.