June 2009

Progress in the organization of World Climate Conference-3


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31 August-4 September 2009,
Geneva International Conference Centre,

Conference Website
WCC-3 third announcement (May 2009)

Fifteenth Congress in 2007 approved that WMO, in collaboration with other UN Agencies and partners organize World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) towards the end of 2009 from extra-budgetary resources. It further noted that WMO and UN partners had organized the first two World Climate Conferences that brought climate issues to the attention of policy-makers, in particular the climate change issue. The First World Climate Conference in 1979 was instrumental in the formation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.  The Second World Climate Conference in 1990 added momentum to international efforts focusing on climate change, leading to the establishment of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992.  The Conferences also led to the establishment of key global climate initiatives: the World Climate Programme (WCP), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS).

WCC-3 aims to further advance the development of global climate services and their applications for societal benefits. The implementation of the proposed outcome of the Conference, a Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) with four components, namely Observation and monitoring; Climate research and Modelling; Climate services information system; and Climate services application programme, will significantly improve the well-being of society worldwide by facilitating improvements in the provision and application of climate services. The improved climate services will contribute to climate adaptation and climate risk management through the incorporation of science-based climate information and prediction into policy and practice at global, regional and national levels. The draft high-level declaration and summary of GFCS are under review by governments for comments and input to facilitate the development of consensus.

Upon the request of the 59th session of the Executive Council, the Secretary-General established the WCC-3 International Organizing Committee (WIOC) and a Secretariat for the Conference, and formed two internal Task Teams on Technical Coordination and Logistics to help in the organization of the Conference. The current Chairman of WIOC is John Zillman (Australia). WIOC has held three meetings: in February and September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, and in March 2009 in Bonn, Germany. It will hold its fourth meeting on 30 August 2009 in Geneva prior to the Conference. At the first meeting, WIOC formed four sub-committees to handle specific assignments involving the organization of the Conference. They are the Sub-Committees on Programme, High-level Segment, Resource Mobilization, and Linkages and Interactions. The Sub-Committees have continued their work by e-mail, although the High-level Segment Sub-Committee held a meeting in February 2009 in Geneva.

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World Climate Conference-3,
Geneva, 31 August-4 September 2009

WIOC together with its sub-committees has made significant progress in the organization of the Conference, which is at an advanced stage. The Conference Programme and calls for abstracts have been finalized and posted on the Website (www.wmo.int/wcc3). The programme has diverse roles and gives an opportunity for wide participation in the Conference. The selection of speakers is progressing well and has been finalized for most sessions. Several countries and institutions including Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Namibia, Norway, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, the United States of America, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the United Nations Environment Programme have committed to contribute or have remitted their contribution to the WCC-3 Trust Fund.

The organization of the Conference is on course, the benefits of a successful Conference are high, and all are invited to register and attend this unique global event that addresses the climate challenges of today and the future.

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