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

31 August - 4 September 2009 | Geneva, Switzerland

WCC-3WORLD CLIMATE CONFERENCE-3 OPENS IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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.

During the opening of the expert segment particpants were addressed by: Walter Erdelen, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Houlin Zhao, Deputy Secretary-General of International Telecommunications Union (ITU); Manzoor Ahmad, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Joseph Alcamo, UN Environment Programme (UNEP); Deliang Chen, Executive General, International Council for Science; Julia Marton-Lefevre, Director General, IUCN; Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General, European Space Agency (ESA); Reid Basher, Special Advisor to UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction; Thomas Stocker, Co-Chair IPCC Working Group I; and John Zillman, Chairman of the WCC-3 Organizing Committee.

In the afternoon, participants attended a plenary session on meeting user needs, with speakers including Martin Visberck, IFM-GEOMAR; Guy Brasseur, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research; Sherburne Abbot, Executive Office of the President, USA; Carlo Scaramella, World Food Programme (WFP); Letitia Obeng, Global Water Partnership; and Peter Hoeppe, Munich Re. A roundtable also convened on climate risk management and a poster session, followed by a reception hosted by the Swiss Government.

Left to right: Kofi Annan, President, Global Humanitarian Forum, Michel Jarraud, Secretary General, WMO, and Hans-Rudolph Merz, President of Switzerland

 
Opening Ceremony
 
Michel Jarraud, Secretary General, WMO
Michel Jarraud
Hans Rudolph Merz, President, Switzerland
Kofi Annan, President, Global Humanitarian Forum
 
 

A view of the dais during the opening session

Left to right: John Zillman, Chair of the WCC-3 International Organizing Committee, Kofi Annan, President of the Global Humanitarian Forum, Michel Jarraud, Secretary General, WMO, Hans-Rudolph Merz, President of Switzerland, and Alexander Bedritsky, President of WMO and Chair of the Expert Segment

 
John Zillman, Kofi Annan and Michel Jarraud
 
Gro Harlem Brundtland, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Climate Change
Hans-Rudolph Merz, President, Switzerland
 
 
Gro Harlem Brundtland, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Climate Change
Kofi Annan, President, Global Humanitarian Forum
   
 
Opening of Expert Segment
 
Left to right: Expert Segment Chair Alexander Bedritsky, President of WMO, Julia Marton-Lefevre, Director General, IUCN, Jean Jaques Dordain, Director General, European Space Agency, Houlin Zhao, Deputy Secretary-General, ITU, and Joseph Alcamo, UNEP
 
 
Thomas Stocker, Co-Chair IPCC Working Group I, and Manzoor Ahmad, FAO
Julia Marton-Lefevre, Director General, IUCN
     
 
Plenary Session: The Shared Challenge: Meeting User Needs
 
Carlo Scaramella, World Food Programme, Letitia Obeng, Global Water Partnership, and Session Chair Martin Visbeck, IFM-Geomar, Germany
Sherburne Abbott, Office of Science and Technology, Executive Office of the President, US
       
 
A view of the dais during the plenary session.
Roundtable discussion: Climate Risk Management
 
Left to right: Steve Zebiak, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, US, Kuniyoshi Takeuchi, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management, Japan, Daniel Keuerleber, MeteoSwiss, Shourong Wang, China Meteorological Administration, WMO Commission for Climatology, China, and Session Chair Heidi Cullen, Climate Central
 
Left to right: Vicky Pope, UK Met Office Hadley Centre, Thomas Rosswall, Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, France and a member of the Secretariat

 

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