By Richard Sherman and Peter Doran, IISDRS
While the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC) process is the official ‘home' for climate policy
negotiations, the road to Copenhagen will increasingly witness the
acceleration of initiatives across the United Nations system and the
intergovernmental sphere. System-wide initiatives on climate change
reflect a commitment across the UN family to support the UN
Secretary-General's commitment to play a leadership role in supporting
the international community's current efforts to address climate
change, using the Bali Action Plan and Roadmap, and to ensure that all
parts of the UN contribute to a solution.
10 June 2008: The
European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) was launched on 10 June 2008.
This EU research project is a consortium of over 100 scientists from 27
organizations in nine countries to address ocean acidification. Its goal is to
document ocean acidification, investigate its impact on biological processes,
predict its consequences for the next 100 years, and advise policy-makers on
potential thresholds or tipping points that should not be exceeded.
June 2008: The 41st session of the
Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which will take place from 24 June-1 July
2008, in Paris, France, is scheduled to consider: the contribution of IOC
programmes to achieving the objectives of the UNFCCC; whether there is any need
to modify the present arrangements; and the IOC's intention to continue its
close cooperation with the UNFCCC Secretariat.
June 2008: This workshop is
scheduled to take place on 1-2 July 2008 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and
will be organized under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Europe
Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and
International Lakes (Water Convention) and the Protocol on Water and Health to
the Water Convention. The event will address, inter alia: current
knowledge about adaptation and climate change; policy, legislative, institutional
and financial frameworks; forecasting, modelling and vulnerability, including
vulnerability of water-related sectors such as energy, agriculture and tourism;
and adaptation and coping measures.
2008: During its presidency of the European Union, France will host an
international conference on the role of forests and their products in a post-2012
May 2008: A workshop on “Climate change and the offshore industry,” co-sponsored by the WMO, Met-Ocean Committee of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission through the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology, and the World Climate Research Programme, will take place at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27-29 May 2008.
May 2008: The symposium on “Climate Change and Variability - Agro-Meteorological Monitoring and Coping Strategies for Agriculture” will take place from 3-6 June 2008, in Oscarsborg, Norway. The symposium is organized under the auspices of the WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology and European Cooperation.
May 2008: The sixtieth session of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Executive Council is scheduled to convene from 18-27 June 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. Climate-related issues will be discussed under several agenda items. Council members will be invited to express their views on the work plan for the designation process for WMO Regional Climate Centres and on the establishment of a mechanism to facilitate development of climate prediction services for adaptation in developing countries. WMO activities on socio-economic assessments and application of weather and climate services to the health, energy and tourism sectors and urbanization, as well as climate risk management, will also be addressed by the Council.
21 May 2008: The Fourth WMO Workshop on the Impact of Various Observing Systems on Numerical Weather Prediction took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 19-21 May 2008. Workshop participants addressed a range of topics regarding global forecast impact studies, regional aspects of impact studies, and sensitivity, impact assessment techniques, and observation network design studies, as well as discussed workshop conclusions and recommendations.
15 May 2008: The World Meteorological Organization's Expert Team on the Rescue, Preservation and Digitization of Climate Records met from 13-15 May 2008, in Bamako, Mali, to review the work of MEditerranean climate DAta REscue (MEDARE), which was established to develop, consolidate and progress climate data and metadata rescue activities across the Greater Mediterranean Region.