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World Meteorological Organization

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) of which 179 States and 6 Territories are Members.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the WMO provides a wide range of weather information to people throughout the world, including farmers, mariners, aviators, and travelers. Its work has significant economic and social impact on the U.S.

WMO commenced operations as the successor to IMO in 1951 and, later that year, was established as a specialized agency of the United Nations by agreement between the United Nations and WMO.

The organization's aims are:

The WMO Member countries have a Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) meeting every two years, in which new code recommendated changes, telecommunication protocol recommendations, and Abbreviated Heading Table updates are approved. After approval these changes are entered into the WMO codes manual 306 and 386. The last meeting of CBS was held in Geneva, Switzerland.

The WMO helped create the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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