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IOC-WMO-UNEP intergovernmental committee for the Global Ocean Observing System (I-GOOS-VI), Sixth Session, Paris, France, 10 – 14 March 2003
(2003). IOC-WMO-UNEP intergovernmental committee for the Global Ocean Observing System (I-GOOS-VI), Sixth Session, Paris, France, 10 – 14 March 2003. Reports of Governing and Major Subsidiary Bodies = Rapports des organes directeurs et des principaux organes subsidiaires. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) = Commision océanographique intergouvernementale, 102. GOOS Report, 130. ii, 30 + annexes pp.
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Reports of Governing and Major Subsidiary Bodies = Rapports des organes directeurs et des principaux organes subsidiaires. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) = Commision océanographique intergouvernementale. UNESCO: Paris, more
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Keywords
    Information handling; Marine

Abstract
    The Intergovernmental Committee for GOOS met in Paris from 10-14 March, 2003. It reviewed the relation between GOOS and the WSSD. It commented on the review report on the structure, mandates and modus operandi of GOOS. It considered the relation of GOOS to UNCLOS. And it reviewed the state of GOOS development at the national, regional and global levels. It agreed that the regional forum concept had worked well and should be continued with a next meeting in Fiji in 2004. It agreed that the new I-GOOS Board had worked effectively as a mechanism for oversight of inter-sessional activity, and approved the Terms of Reference and Membership of the Board. It made a number of recommendations to improve the functioning and resourcing of GOOS, asking the IOC Assembly to urge Member States in particular (among other things): (i) to implement fully the initial global ocean climate observing system; (ii) to upgrade GLOSS stations and exchange GLOSS data; (iii) to bring meteorological and ocean agencies together at the national level to make JCOMM effective in support of GOOS; (iv) to contribute to the funding of the Argo Information Centre; (v) to provide resources for implementing PIRATA and WIOMAP; (vi) to assist the development of GOOS Regional Alliances; (vii) to ensure the effective functioning and future development of NEAR-GOOS; (viii) to endorse the GOOS Regional Policy; (ix) to report their national GOOS activities to the GOOS Project Office (GPO); (x) to resource the Ocean Information Technology project; and (xi) to provide university courses in data and information management. It also urged the Executive Secretary of the IOC (a) to commit resources for a JCOMM support post; (b) to enhance extra-budgetary funding for GOOS; (c) to seek virtual secondments to support the GPO’s efforts at international coordination; (d) to ensure continuity in the post of Director of the GPO; and (e) to use much of the new IOC capacity building post to aid the GOOS capacity building programme. The Committee also endorsed the main thrusts of the GOOS Capacity Building Action Plan. Mme Silvana Vallerga (Italy) was re-elected chairperson, Mr. Rodrigo Nuñez (Chile) was re-elected as a vice chair, and Mr. Guillermo Garcia (Cuba) was elected second vice chair.

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