WMO and ISO Strengthen Partnership

WMO headquarters, Geneva, 16 September 2008 — Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of WMO, and Alan Bryden, Secretary General of ISO 17 September 2008: The World Meteorological Organization

(WMO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have agreed

to increase their cooperation in the development of international standards

related to meteorological and hydrological data, products and services.


Secretary-General Alan Bryden and WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud signed

an agreement on Working Arrangements on 16 September 2008, in Geneva,

Switzerland, to formalize the partnership. The Working Arrangements between the

WMO and ISO aim to strengthen the development of International Standards and to

avoid duplication of work on standards related to meteorological,

climatological, hydrological, marine and related environmental data, products

and services. Procedures are now in place for the accelerated adoption by ISO

of WMO documents as ISO standards.

WMO and ISO will develop, approve and

publish common standards based on WMO technical regulations, manuals and

guides. Upon signing the arrangements, Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of

WMO, stated that the new procedures “would clarify the authority of WMO

documents and enhance their international recognition and dissemination.


will be of particular importance to the activities of National Hydrological and

Meteorological Services in addressing standard issues.” Alan Bryden, Secretary

General of ISO, underlined that the agreement was an illustration of the

increasing collaboration between the UN System and ISO, as well as of the

contribution of international standards to responding to the challenges of

climate change. [WMO

information note]