World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Established in 1950, the WMO became a specialized agency of the United Nations system in 1951, for meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences.
Some years later, in 1957, Greece became a member of WMO and since then actively participates through its National Meteorological Service.
In May 2007, Greece participated in the works of the 15th World Meteorological Congress, which reelected, as Secretary-General, Mr. Michel Jarraud and elected the President and the tree Vice-Presidents of the WMO, as well as the new 37 member Executive Council.
After the change of the Preamble of its Convention, during the 15th World Meteorological Congress (Geneva, 7-25 May 2007), WMO is provided with an enhanced character as an important actor in the areas of weather, climate and water and a principal actor in saving and protecting lives and property.
Through WMO’s technical and scientific programs, national meteorological and hydrological services contribute substantially to a vast array of fields, such as the protection against natural disasters, the safeguarding of the environment and the enhancement of economic and social well-being in areas such as food security, water resources and transport.