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FROM VOLUME 2, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 1989
IPCC MEETS IN GENEVA
Delegates from over 35 countries assembled in
Geneva November 9-11, 1988, for the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change (IPCC). Proposed by the World Meteorological Organization and
the United Nations Environment Program, the IPCC will address climate change,
its environmental, economic and social impacts, and possible national and
international responses. Recommendations will be made to the WMO and UNEP for
consideration by member nations. Moustafa Tolba, executive director of UNEP,
hopes the work will result in a global treaty as early as 1992.
Alan D. Hecht, director of the U.S. National Climate Program Office and a
delegate to the meeting, reported all countries that made statements were in
strong support. Working groups were established on scientific understanding,
potential impacts on the environment and society, and strategies for response,
to be headed respectively by the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union and the United
States. They will attempt to conclude their work in time for the Second World
Climate Conference, planned for Geneva in 1990. The science group will meet in
London January 24-26, 1989, headed by John Houghton of the U.K. Meteorological
Office, and the impacts group in Moscow January 30 - February 2. The lead U.S.
agency for the response strategy working group, meeting January 30 - February 1
in Washington, is still being determined. Financial support for the IPCC will be
provided initially by members through a trust fund; working groups will be
funded by the countries involved.
For more details see Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 644, Dec. 14, 1988;
New Scientist, p. 25, Nov. 19 (on Britain's role in the meteorological
study). Or contact the National Climate Program Office, 11400 Rockville Pike,
Rockville MD 20852 (301-443-8646).
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