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

31 August - 4 September 2009 | Geneva, Switzerland

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THURSDAY, 3 SEPTEMBERWCC-3

On Thursday, the high-level segment opened, with the participation of several heads of state and numerous ministers and heads of international organizations. On Thursday morning, the WCC-3 adopted, by acclamation, a declaration deciding to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services.

During the opening of the high-level segment, Moritz Leuenberger, Minister of Transportation, Energy and Communications, Switzerland, called for an entry into a century of climate enlightenment. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for an ambitious, comprehensive and fair agreement in Copenhagen. Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chair, highlighted the need for continuous data and monitoring of climate impacts. Alexander Bedritsky, WMO President, stressed the need for the establishment of linkages at local, national and international levels.

Armando Emílio Guebuza, President of Mozambique, stressed the importance of strengthening early warning systems and improved water management. Emomalii Rakhmon, President of Tajikistan, highlighted climate change impacts on water resources, particularly in central Asia. Prince Albert II, Monaco, noted the many advances made by science that allowed for an expanded knowledge base at Copenhagen. Girma Wolde Giorgis, President of Ethiopia, stressed the need for effective communication of extreme weather events and capacity building. Danilo Türk, President of Slovenia, said users' needs should drive the systems for addressing climate change. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, said US$2 billion is needed for least developed countries adaptation funds over next 5 years. Hui Liangyu, Vice Premier of China, stressed the need to improve climate service capabilities and systems. Ali Mohamed Shein, Vice President of Tanzania, called for increasing the number of weather stations and developing capacity. Toke Talagi, Premier of Niue, highlighted the urgent need for the Pacific Island states already facing increased sea levels to obtain adaptation funds. Jim Marurai, Prime Minister, Cook Islands, noted that Small Island Developing States need an urgent commitment for reduction of greenhouse gases.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives for the opening of the High-level Segment

High-level Segment
Girma Wolde Giorgis, President of Ethiopia, Prince Albert II, Head of State of Monaco, Michel Jarraud, WMO Secretary-General, Moritz Leuenberger, Federal Councillor and former President of Switzerland, Armando Emílio Guebuza, President of Mozambique, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Hui Liangyu, Vice-Premier of China, Ali Mohamed Shein, Vice-President of Tanzania, Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Toke Talagi, Premier of Niue, Jim Marurai, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Emomalii Rakhmon, President of Tajikistan, Alexander Bedritsky, WMO President, and Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of UN Office at Geneva
Arrival of Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Arrival of Prince Albert II, Head of State of Monaco
   
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
 
 
Girma Wolde Giorgis, President of Ethiopia, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Michel Jarraud, WMO Secretary-General, and Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
   
 
 
     
Alexander Bedritsky, WMO President, and Michel Jarraud, WMO Secretary-General
Moritz Leuenberger, Federal Councillor and former President of Switzerland
       
Armando Emílio Guebuza, President of Mozambique
Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
         
Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Ali Mohamed Shein, Vice-President of Tanzania
           
Hui Liangyu, Vice-Premier of China, and Toke Talagi, Premier of Niue
Prince Albert II, Head of State of Monaco
             
Hui Liangyu, Vice-Premier of China
Emomalii Rakhmon, President of Tajikistan, meets with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
             
A view of the dais during the opening of the High-level Segment
Moritz Leuenberger, Federal Councillor and former President of Switzerland, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Janos Pasztor, Director of the Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of UNOG, and Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, WMO
Danilo Türk, President of Slovenia, and Prince Albert II, Head of State of Monaco
       
UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon addresses the conference
 
Danilo Türk, President of Slovenia
 
   
Miscellaneous Photos from the High-level Segment and around the Conference
Heads of State and Government before the opening of the session
 
       
Miscellanous Photos
 
 
           
 
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his press conference
             
 
 
             
 
 
               
 
 
     
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