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National Focal Points on WIS matters

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National Focal Point on WIS Matters. National or territory focal points on WIS matters are nominated by the Permanent Representatives of Members of WMO. Heads of authorized non-governmental organizations (NGO) contributing to WIS may also nominate a focal point on WIS matters. These focal points provide the operational channel of communication with the WMO Secretariat and with other national WIS focal points. The terms of reference for the focal points are:(a) Act as a focal point on all WIS activities within the Member State, territory or NGO;(b) Monitor and report on the national status of WIS implementation;(c) Participate in regional or sub-regional WIS coordination and implementation activities;(d) Arrange for the authorization of national entities or people for access to WIS;(e) Ensure issues relating to WIS, including the GTS, and World Weather Watch monitoring are directed to the relevant person and followed-up on;(f) Monitor and participate in the overall maintenance of WIS including CBS OPAG ISS expert teams addressing WIS centre operations, data management and data representation as well as network issues;(g) Oversee the creation and management of WIS Discovery Metadata for data and products from participating centres;(h) Assist centre staff in matters relating to WIS, including compliance and functional issues;(i) Identify and follow-up on training and capacity development needs;(j) Represent the NMHS in WIS contributions and liaison with other initiatives such as WIGOS and GFCS.(k) Receive notifications of amendments to the Manual on WIS (WMO-No. 1060), the Guide to WIS (WMO-No. 1061), the Manual on the GTS (WMO-No. 386) and associated Guides, and propagate the information within their State or Territory;(l) Provide comments on amendments to the Manual on WIS (WMO-No. 1060), the Guide to WIS (WMO-No. 1061), the Manual on the GTS (WMO-No. 386) and associated Guides by the simple procedure, on behalf of the Permanent Representative;(m) Request amendments to the Manual on WIS (WMO-No. 1060), the Guide to WIS (WMO-No. 1061), the Manual on the GTS (WMO-No. 386) and associated Guides on behalf of the Permanent Representative;(n) Ensure that the following activities are carried out for WIS centres in the Member State or Territory:(n1) Maintenance of WIS compliance within the centre;(n2) Participation of centres in national and international WIS coordination and implementation activities.