Filipe Lucio, director of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Office in the WMO Secretariat, delivered a 45-minute Climate Classroom lesson on Climate Services for Decision Making on 8 November 2017 at the COP23 Climate Action Studio in in Bonn, Germany. The Climate Classroom @COP23 is an innovative learning experience for those interested in getting up to speed on climate change topics. The classes are designed particularly for delegates of countries facing special challenges, in particular African countries, Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States and Landlocked Developing Countries. The Climate Classroom @COP23 was especially useful for first-time delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, junior delegates, representatives of non-Party stakeholders, and anyone interested in a quick introduction to a new topic.
Lucio’s lesson covered key terms, definitions and concepts related to climate services. The different types of information and services available for weather, climate and climate change were also discussed. Next, the lesson touched on why and how climate information systems support decision-making on climate-related issues. Finally, international initiatives that link to and support climate services were introduced: the Paris Agreement, Nationally Determined Contributions, National Adaptation Plans, and GFCS. The lesson concluded with an active open discussion.
The Climate Classroom @COP23 was organized by UN CC:Learn and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.