The eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP11 of UNFCCC) was held in conjunction with the first Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP1) in Montreal, Canada from 28 November to 9 December 2005.
There were around 55 national delegations that had representatives from NMHSs, out of which there were about 27 Permanent Representatives of Members with WMO attending and being involved in the work of the Conference.
In COP11, WMO organized an independent side event entitled: ‘Enhancing climate knowledge to improve adaptation to climate variability and change’. The event reflected WMO’s experiences at national, regional and global levels. An exhibition booth was provided and set up to showcase and distribute WMO’s publications. The Conference and associated events provided opportunities for closer interaction and networking with other participating agencies and delegations. WMO Secretary General made a statement along with other heads of UN Agencies during the High Level Segment of the COP11 of UNFCCC, and thereafter held a press conference with the media.
Among issues of relevance to WMO and NMHSs, COP11 put an emphasis on the need for the work on adaptation within the Convention and adopted a five- year programme of work of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. Furthermore, there were two other decisions namely Research and Systematic Observations and extension of the mandate of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group. The above-mentioned decisions have direct implications to WMO and NMHSs who will undertake the necessary follow-up actions in close collaboration with other partners. In this regard, I am pleased that Permanent Representatives of Members with WMO will be playing an active role in the work of SBSTA and Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI).
In order to ensure a successful partnership in the implementation of these decisions, representatives from NMHSs actively participate in the work of SBSTA and COP sessions and render their support to WMO’s initiatives on observation, adaptation and programme on LDCs at national as well as regional levels.
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