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WCC-3
World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3)

31 August - 4 September 2009 | Geneva, Switzerland

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SUMMARY OF THE MEETING

WCC-3

Friday, 4 September 2009

Throughout Friday, 4 September, delegates heard high-level statements from ministers, heads of international organizations and other high-level officials. On Friday afternoon, Armando Emílio Guebuza, President of Mozambique, opened the closing session of the conference. Maciej Nowicki, Polish Environment Minister and President of the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP 14) of the UNFCCC, highlighted the scientific contributions of the conference and the importance of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) as a tool for connecting user groups to science. He called for delegates to do all they can to reach an effective agreement in Copenhagen. Ambassador Marie-Louis Overvad, Denmark, underscored the role of the GFCS to provide tools to empower people to assess vulnerability, understand risk and make well-informed decisions. She called for global leadership to realize an ambitious climate agreement.

John Zillman, Chair, WCC-3 International Organizing Committee, explained that the conference was organized to bring about a paradigm shift towards delivering user-oriented climate information and services. He highlighted the strong support from governments and international organizations for the proposed GFCS. Michel Jarraud, WMO, stressed that the declaration adopted at the meeting was concise, and outlinined a clear path forward for establishing the GFCS. He noted that the tools and services to be provided by the GFCS were cross-sectoral and would contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Moritz Leuenberger, Switzerland, noted that the declaration adopted allowed for a structure that will enhance the ability to provide information to meet current needs. President Armando Emílio Guebuza said the GFCS demonstrates commitment to address climate change and capacity building in developing countries. He highlighted that it contributed to the international commitment to reach the MDGs and that it will be an important building block for a Copenhagen agreement. He closed the conference at 16:09.

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WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud bids farewell to Armando Emílio Guebuza, President of Mozambique, after the adjournment of WCC-3.

Thursday, 3 September 2009
 

On Thursday, the high-level segment opened, with the participation of several heads of state and numerous ministers and heads of international organizations. The WCC-3 adopted, by acclamation, a declaration deciding to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services. In his address to the high-level segment, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for an ambitious, comprehensive and fair agreement in Copenhagen.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives for the opening of the High-level Segment
 
 
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
 

On Wednesday morning, 2 September, two plenary sessions were held on: climate extremes, warning systems and disaster risk reduction; and mainstreaming climate information. In the afternoon, there were six parallel working sessions on: climate and biodiversity and natural resource management; climate and more sustainable cities; decadal climate variability; climate and food security; climate of oceans and coasts; and regional climate information for risk management. Two forum sessions were also held on business and industry, and capacity-building education and training, and a session was also held on implementing climate services in nations and regions. The day concluded with a roundtable on communicating climate information.

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WWF press conference: Launch of the WWF Arctic Feedbacks Report
Left to right: James Leape, Director-General, WWF International, Martin Hiller, WWF Climate Change Programme, and Martin Sommerkorn, WWF Senior Climate Officer
   
 
Participants met in working sessions throughout the afternoon.
Tuesday, 1 September 2009

On Tuesday morning, 1 September, two plenary sessions were held on the economic and social benefits of climate information and on advancing climate prediction science. In the afternoon there were six parallel working groups on: climate and human health; climate and sustainable energy; seasonal-to-interannual climate variability; climate and water; climate, transportation and tourism; and climate observations. Two forum sessions were also held on gender and climate and climate and communities, as well as two sessions on implementing climate services, titled “from observations to predictions” and “research engagement”. The day ended with a roundtable on climate adaptation and the Copenhagen process.

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The conference hall was filled to capacity during the morning plenary sessions.
 
Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, WMO, and Edouard Dayan, Director-General, Universal Postal Union, during a book launch for "From Weather Gods to Modern Meteorology: A Philatelic Journey"
 
Monday, 31 August 2009
 

Michel Jarraud, Secretary General, World Meteorological Organization, opened the Third World Climate Conference (WCC-3) on Monday morning. Hans Rudolph Merz, President of Switzerland and President of WCC-3, noted that short-term weather forecasts, hazard maps and early warning systems were needed for timely action. Alexander Bedritsky, President, WMO, said that investing in prediction is the best way to address variability and risk. Gro Harlem Brundtland, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Climate Change, highlighted that political action must be based on sound science. Kofi Annan, President, Global Humanitarian Forum, underscored the need for a Copenhagen agreement to be “radical” and legally binding, and have climate justice at its core.

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Left to right: Kofi Annan, President, Global Humanitarian Forum, Michel Jarraud, Secretary General, WMO, and Hans-Rudolph Merz, President of Switzerland
Gro Harlem Brundtland, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Climate Change
Hans-Rudolph Merz, President of Switzerland
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