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Co-sponsoring organizations are the primary governing authorities of the terrestrial observing system. A joint memorandum, outlining the vision and operation of the system, binds them. Each contributes annually to the operating costs of the Secretariat.

There is no fixed limit to the number of sponsors that GTOS can accept. Candidate sponsors must accept the conditions detailed in the joint memorandum, formally recognize the legal and administrative responsibilities of the sponsorship and be approved by the veteran sponsors before they may join the team.

Food and Agriculture Organization International Council for Science United Nations Environment Programme United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Meteorological Organization

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In order to enhance information exchange and harmonize programme implementation, the sponsors meet annually with representatives from each of the Global Observing Systems (GTOS, GCOS, and GOOS, see partners). The terms of reference for this meeting are:

1. To review the observational requirements as defined by the user communities and to advise and recommend on harmonization of medium and long-range strategies of the three observing programmes.

2. To consider the actual and potential capacities of the three Observing Systems to meet the requirements, identify gaps and overlap, and make proposals as appropriate to improve coverage and efficiency.

3. To advise on existing and potential joint activities between the three programmes, review the means established to achieve cooperation through such joint activities, and make recommendations to enhance coordination.

4. To identify areas where existing research and operational observing programmes of the sponsors contribute to meeting the objectives of the three Observing Systems, and to assist in facilitating such contributions.

5. To assist on information exchange, public and media relations and fund-raising.

6. To examine the mechanisms established or proposed at the regional and national level to participate in or support the three observing programmes, and to encourage and support approaches that will increase national benefits and contributions globally, with particular attention to developing countries.

7. To review and make recommendations concerning the mechanisms established or proposed to coordinate the three observing programmes with relevant international bodies and programmes.

8. To review and make recommendations on data management through the programmes with the objective of the widest possible data exchange and dissemination.

9. To advise on activities to facilitate the use and application of the data from the Observing Systems with particular attention to developing countries.

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