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  Michel Jarraud
  WMO Secretary-General, Michel Jarraud, at COP 15

WMO has been instrumental in facilitating and coordinating the contributions of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) to assist Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to fulfil their obligations under the Convention.

WMO monitors climate change through global systematic observations - over land, ocean and in the atmosphere - and the changes in the atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, ozone, aerosols as well as other gases and substances.  WMO also coordinates global climate data collection, climate research and climate prediction.  It constitutes an authoritative source of information that policymakers, communities and individuals need for making the best choices of actions for mitigating, and adapting to, climate variability and change. WMO, jointly with UNEP, founded and sponsors the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

At World Climate Conference-3 convened earlier this year at the initiative of WMO, Heads of State and Government, Ministers and Senior Government Officials from 160 countries decided to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services to strengthen the provision and the use of climate information and products worldwide.

WMO activities during the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC will focus on the latest climate science and climate services, and their practical use for climate mitigation and adaptation. 


Side events

7 – 18 December 2009, Central space

The 2009 exhibition of the Secretariat of the UNFCCC will focus on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) are helping to increase awareness and to support concrete action on climate change in both developing and developed countries.

Monday, 7 December 2009, 12:00

Ms Carolin Richter, Director, GCOS Secretariat, will present the “Global Climate Observing System (GCOS): cooperation mechanism and systems improvements

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is contributing a special programme of daily "business talks" by leaders in the ICT sector from both developing and developed countries.

Thursday, 17 December 2009, 13:00-14:00

WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud will be among the main speakers

IPCC information and activities and their relevance for the UNFCCC process
Tuesday, 8 December 2009, 13:00-14:30, Niels Bohr

Highlights of IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) update on the currently prepared Special Reports on renewable energy sources and on extreme events, and outlook towards AR5. WMO and UNEP are convening this event.

Observation, Monitoring and Prediction: Essential Elements of Climate Knowledge
Wednesday, 9 December 2009, 13:00-14:30, Room 3

World Climate Conference-3 decided to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services. Observation, research and climate coordination are an essential component of the framework. Reliable observation networks and high quality data are a prerequisite for understanding current and future climate variability and change. They are essential for climate monitoring and climate predictions and information, which form the knowledge base for efficient climate adaptation strategies and services.

Mr Avinash Tyagi, Director, Climate and Water Department, WMO

Mr John Zillman, Chairman of the Global Climate Observing System Steering Committee and Chairman of the WCC-3 International Organizing Committee

Mr Thomas Peterson, Chief Scientist, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center

Ms Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist, UK Met Office

Mr Patricio Bernal, Assistant Director-General, UNESCO

Mr Malcolm Johnson, Director of Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU

The effective use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the intellectual property (IP) system for mitigating climate change
Thursday, 10 December 2009, 18:15-19:45, Press Room (tbc)

ITU-WIPO side-event on the effective use of ICTs and the IP system for mitigating climate change will discuss how ICTs can help to tackle climate change and will debate over the potential role and impact of the IP system in promoting the development of new technologies. Mr Avinash Tyagi, Director, Climate and Water Department, WMO, will address this event among other speakers.

Advancing Work on Adaptation to Climate Change: A UN System Perspective
Monday, 14 December 2009, 13:00-14:30, Room 3

The UN System is committed to assisting countries in adapting to the impacts of climate change, while tackling poverty and achieving growth. The UN wide event will showcase good practices and resources in key adaptation areas such as data collection and analysis; integrated land and water management; and disaster risk reduction. On this occasion, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud will present the Global Framework for Climate Services to be established as decided by World Climate Conference-3.

The United Nations system delivering as one on climate change
Wednesday 16 December 2009, 18:15-19:45, Press Room (tbc)        

This event will provide an overview of United Nations System capacities and confirm the System’s commitment at the highest level to further assist Parties to the UNFCCC in planning and implementing measures to address climate change in adaptation, capacity-building and, technology transfer. The United Nations Secretary-General will lead the event, and WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, along with a number of Executive Heads, will participate in this side event convened by the United Nations Chief Executives Board for Coordination.


Information booth

Information material

The WMO exhibition booth includes various recent publications, including the following:

Working together in building the Global Framework for Climate Services
WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin
El Niño/La Niña update
World Climate Research Programme global sea-level rise update

A CD-Rom compiling WMO publications about climate impacts on land degradation, droughts and desertification will also be available, along with video documentaries. The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) will showcase its activities at the booth. Experts from WMO and the DMI will be at the booth to answer questions.

For the media

Media Advisory, WMO at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change

WMO recent press releases

Multimedia gallery


Media contacts

In Copenhagen:

Ms Carine Richard-Van Maele, WMO Chief, Communications and Public Affairs

Mobile: + 41 (0) 79 406 47 30; e-mail: cvanmaele[at]wmo.int

Ms Marie Heuzé, Senior Information Advisor

Mobile: +41 (0) 76 769 71 35; e-mail: mheuze[at]wmo.int

At WMO in Geneva:

Ms Gaëlle Sévenier, Press Officer

Tel : +41 (0) 22 730 8417; e-mail: gsevenier[at]wmo.int

Mr Kosmos Akande-Alasoka, Public Information Officer (audiovisual requests)

Tel: +41 (0) 22 730 80 97; e-mail: kakande-alasoka[at]wmo.int

Communications and Public Affairs Office

Tel: +41 (0) 22 730 8314; e-mail: cpa[at]wmo.int


Related links:

United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 15

Gateway to the UN System’s work on climate change




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