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CIPM, 1956: Resolution 3
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Système International d'Unités

The Comité International des Poids et Mesures,


  • the task entrusted to it by Resolution 6 of the 9th Conférence Générale des Poids et Mesures (CGPM) concerning the establishment of a practical system of units of measurement suitable for adoption by all countries adhering to the Metre Convention,
  • the documents received from twenty-one countries in reply to the enquiry requested by the 9th CGPM,
  • Resolution 6 of the 10th CGPM, fixing the base units of the system to be established,
  • recommends

    1. that the name "Système International d'Unités" be given to the system founded on the base units adopted by the 10th CGPM, viz.:

      [This is followed by the list of the six base units with their symbols, reproduced in Resolution 12 of the 11th CGPM (1960)].

    2. that the units listed in the table below be used, without excluding others which might be added later:

      [This is followed by the table of units reproduced in paragraph 4 of Resolution 12 of the 11th CGPM (1960)].

    Procès-Verbaux des Séances du CIPM (1956), p. 83
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