Title : 50th Anniversary of WMO
Stamp Serial#
2059 
KPC#
C-1572 
MICHEL#
2087 
StanGib#
2394 
Scott#
2020 
Date of Issue
03/23/2000 
Quantity
2000000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
A meteorology satelite flying over a meteosat image 
Designer
Kim, Sung-am 
Image Area
23mm * 33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4 * 5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The year 2000 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.

Accurate and timely weather forecasts for a specific region call for both access to data observed simultaneously from networks of several meteorological stations in and around the region, and the rapid exchange of up-to-the-minute meteorological information worldwide. To facilitate international cooperation on this issue, the International Meteorological Organization (IMO), a predecessor of the WMO, was created as an NGO at the inaugural General Assembly of the IMO, which met in Vienna in September 1873. In 1950, the WMO was established to replace the IMO, giving further impetus to international cooperation. The WMO Convention came into force on March 23rd of the same year, and March 23 has been observed as World Meteorological Day since then.

From weather prediction to air pollution research, including climate change related activities, ozone layer depletion studies, and tropical storm forecasting, the WMO coordinates the collection and analysis of global meteorological data to allow increasingly prompt and accurate weather information. The WMO s activities contribute to the safety of life and property, the socio economic development of nations, and the protection of the environment. Currently the WMO boasts 185 member countries. Korea was admitted as the 68th member in 1956 and became an active participant in a variety of initiatives sponsored by the WMO.

The Ministry of Information and Communication is issuing a commemorative stamp featuring a meteorology satellite flying over a meteosat image to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the WMO in hopes of an enhanced role for the WMO, which is poised to reinvent itself in the 21st century.