The International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) was created by the Metre Convention, an intergovernmental treaty signed in Paris on 20 May 1875 by seventeen States, including the USA. The Convention also established the formal structure within which Member Governments could establish and maintain a uniform and accurate international system of units, now known as the International System of Units (SI).
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Terry Quinn, Emeritus Director, Bureau International des Poids et Mesures