Gender Equality at WMO

WMO is committed to mainstreaming gender in its governance, working structures, programmes, service delivery, and promoting women’s employment in the fields of science and meteorology to achieve gender equality.

The objective of gender equality at WMO is to fully realize the professional and human potential of both women and men through equal employment opportunities and to provide improved environmental services that are responsive and sensitive to women’s and men’s needs.

WMO supports improving access for women to technology, information, science education and technical training and strengthening the position of women scientists and technologists. Ensuring that women have equal access to science education and technology is an essential catalyst to ensure that the weather, water and climate services provided by WMO, and its Members serve the global community – men, women, boys, girls.

Contributing to UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls - Women and men are affected differently by weather and climate. Gender sensitivities are particularly pronounced in the areas of disaster risk reduction, public health, water resources management, and agriculture and food security. WMO aims to provide improved weather, climate, hydrological, marine and other environmental services that are responsive and sensitive to women’s and men’s needs and will make a difference to their lives. 

WMO Gender Action Plan 

SDG5: Gender equality
Contributing to UN Sustainable Development Goals
The Organization is resolved in its efforts to achieve gender equality, empower women and build climate resilient societies. To this end, it is committed to mainstreaming gender in its governance, working structures, programmes and service delivery. It is also determined to attract more women in the fields of science and meteorology. The objective of gender equality at WMO is to fully realize the professional and human potential of both women and men through equal employment opportunities.

Policy and resolutions

The WMO Policy on Gender Equality was adopted by the seventeenth World Meteorological Congress in June 2015 as Annex to Resolution 59 (Cg-17). Its purpose is to promote, encourage and facilitate gender equality across WMO and to establish a mechanism by which progress can be measured. Originally formulated in 2007, the Policy was amended in 2015 to incorporate the outcomes of the Conference on the Gender Dimensions of Weather and Climate Services (Conference Report), address gaps identified in the Progress Report, and reflect existing good practice.

The WMO Gender Equality Policy is operationalized through the WMO Gender Action Plan which identifies concrete actions for all parts of the Organization (Secretariat, constituent bodies, Members). The Action Plan is reviewed every four years, progress in implementation measured and priority actions for the following four years identified. Concrete actions are provided in seven policy areas: governance, strategic planning, monitoring and compliance, capacity development, human resources, communication and partnerships, resource tracking and allocation, and service provision.

The first WMO Gender Action Plan was endorsed in June 2016 by the WMO Executive Council (Decision 77 (EC-68)), outlining priority actions for 2016-2019. An updated Gender Action Plan was adopted by the eighteenth World Meteorological Congress in June 2019, setting priority actions for 2020-2023, ranging from approving a target of 40% female representation in governance, systematic collection and use of sex-disaggregated data, strengthening capacity on gender analysis, developing women's leadership skills through Women's Leadership Workshops, promoting female role models working in meteorology, hydrology, climatology and environmental science etc.

The Executive Council Advisory Panel of Experts on Gender Mainstreaming is the main body overseeing, advising and reporting on the implementation of gender mainstreaming activities at all levels of WMO. Its terms of reference are defined in Resolution 2 (EC-67) of the WMO Executive Council. The WMO Secretariat assists the Panel in all its activities, collects data and compiles relevant reports, coordinates gender mainstreaming action across the Organization, and operationalizes the decisions and recommendations of WMO governance bodies with respect to gender mainstreaming.

Resolutions and decisions

Congress and Executive Council


Constituent Bodies

Technical Commissions


Regional Associations