Capacity Development Panel

About us

The Executive Council Capacity Development Panel (EC-CDP) was established in 2019  by Resolution 7 (EC-71)

The focus of activities of the Panel has been to add value to the work of WMO by providing feedback and guidance rather than implementing specific capacity development activities, much of which is already being done elsewhere across WMO, and by Members. In addition, activities of the Panel focus on:

  • Assisting with the effective coordination of capacity development across WMO, which is believed to be central to the TORs of the Panel;
  • Complementing, rather than duplicating, any other work in the CDP-ETs and across WMO;
  • Ensuring that priority is given to those activities that will add most value;
  • Considering feedback and requests from relevant WMO bodies, including from Congress and EC.


WCDF at a glance
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WMO Capacity Development Framework 

Following Decision 12 (EC-72), the Capacity Development Panel was requested to review the WMO Capacity Development Strategy (WCDS). The revision of WCDS provided an opportunity to analyze the changing Capacity Development landscape, assess existing and future practices, and learn from others working in the same domain.

The revised document provides an overarching strategic framework for capacity development, therefore the new version was adopted by Congress-19 as a framework and it is entitled WMO Capacity Development Framework (WCDF).

The WMO Capacity Development Framework is expected to be published in all 6 WMO official languages in 2024. Meanwhile, this important document can be consulted at the Cg-19/Doc. 4.4(1), ANNEX, APPROVED. 


Applying the WMO Capacity Development Framework 

The Capacity Development Panel is collecting case studies demonstrating good practices when applying the WMO Capacity Development Framework. The initial set of cases is available below and the collection is intended to keep growing in order to include examples from all WMO Regional Associations.  

Those wishing to contribute to this collection can prepare Cases using the TEMPLATE and email to for consideration of the Panel. Your contribution will be most welcome!


China Case Study

Sissa Case Study

ARRCC Case Study


Mr Evan G. THOMPSON - Member - Representative of the Presidents of the WMO Regional Associations- ( Jamaica )
Dr Ardhasena SOPAHELUWAKAN - Member - Representative of the Commission for Weather, Climate, Water and Related Environmental Services and Applications (SERCOM)- ( Indonesia )
Dr Mary Scholes - Member - Representative of the Reasearch Board- ( South Africa )
Dr Yubin YU - Member- ( China )
Ms Jennifer Ann MILTON - Member - Representative of the Commission for Observation, Infrastructure and Information Systems (INFCOM)- ( Canada )
Prof. Christophe Cudennec - Member - Representative of the Hydrological Coordination Panel (HCP)- ( International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) )
Prof. Ovuyovwiroye Peter ODJUGO - Member - Representative of the WMO Regional Training Centres- ( Nigeria )

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Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference (ToRs) of the Capacity Development Panel are under review. The revised version of the ToRs will be submitted to EC-78 (June 2024) and updated in this page after adoption.

Terms of Reference (Resolution 7 (EC-71))
The Panel will be responsible to the Executive Council through the Technical Coordination Committee and the Policy Advisory Committee. It will monitor the priorities of, and activities under, the WMO Strategic Plan, the WMO Capacity Development Strategy and WMO Gender Equality Policy, including institutional, infrastructural, procedural and human resources capacity development specifically:
(i) Identify policy-related gaps in the capacity of NMHSs to exchange data, to deliver adequate services, to comply with WMO Standards and recommended practices, bearing in mind the Geneva Declaration 2019,
(ii) Provide guidance and oversight regarding WMO efforts to strengthen assistance to the NMHSs of developing countries. Guidance could be along the lines enumerated in the annex to these Terms of Reference,
(iii) Review education and training policies, qualification and competency standards, Regional Training Centre assessments, and WMO Global Campus activities,
(iv) Identify training needs and give guidance on how to strengthen the capacity of training institutions, as well as recommend training activities to address gaps in formal
and continuing education,
(v) Oversee and guide the implementation of the tasks of the Executive Council according to Resolution 74 (Cg-18). In particular, ensure that WMO activities that support capacity development, including the Country Support Initiative and VCP, as well as WMO-related CREWS activities, are complementary and take into consideration the unique national context of Members.
(vi) Review and analyse gaps in the WMO Gender Equality Action Plan and provide guidance regarding WMO efforts in gender equality.
(vii) Provide reports and recommendations on WMO capacity development to the Policy Advisory and Technical Coordination Committees for consideration by the EC.
(viii) Take into account the work of the technical commissions and other subsidiary bodies of the Executive Council as it pertains to capacity development.

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