WMO Unified Data Policy Resolution (Res.1)

WMO Unified Data Policy Resolution (Res.1)

The 2021 Extraordinary World Meteorological Congress (11-22 October) approved the WMO Unified Data Policy, along with two other sweeping initiatives – the Global Basic Observing Network (GBON) and the Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF) – to dramatically strengthen the world’s weather and climate services through a systematic increase in much-needed observational data and data products from across the globe.

The Unified Data Policy, GBON and SOFF have been painstakingly developed through extensive consultation with thousands of experts and other stakeholders around the globe to meet the explosive growth in demand for weather and climate data products and services from all sectors of society.

Approval of the Unified Data Policy provides a comprehensive update of the policies guiding the international exchange of weather, climate and related Earth system data between the 193 Member states and territories of WMO.  The new policy reaffirms the commitment to the free and unrestricted exchange of data, which has been the bedrock of WMO since it was established more than 70 years ago.

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