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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999

FROM VOLUME 2, NUMBER 7, JULY 1989

NEWS...
UNEP/IPCC ACTIVITIES


Item #d89jul1

At a May 1989 meeting in Geneva, the Response Strategies Working Group of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) accepted President Bush's recent offer to host an international workshop this fall on global warming. The working group will organize the meeting, which will probably be held in the Washington area. A call for papers has been issued to additional members of the United Nations Environment Program, the World Meteorological Organization and other international groups. The workshop will begin to define a flexible or framework convention on protection of the global atmosphere, that can be adapted to future developments in the scientific understanding of problems related to human influences. Papers will be due by August 15 on legal, financial and economic measures, technology transfer and development, and public education and information.

In a related development, a bipartisan group of 29 U.S. senators, led by Albert Gore and John Heinz, sent letters to the Senate leadership urging an international parliamentary conference on the global environment. The meeting would involve elected representatives of world governments as well as scientists and policy experts, and in that respect is intended as a logical complement to the workshop of proposed by President Bush.

At its regular annual meeting in Nairobi in May 1989, the UNEP Governing Council released a report titled The Full Range of Responses to Anticipated Climate Change. (See REPORTS/GENERAL AND POLICY, this Global Climate Change Digest issue--July 1989.) The delegates from 103 countries decided an international treaty on global climate change should be a top priority for UNEP, and that negotiations for a framework convention should be initiated as soon as possible after the adoption of the interim report of the IPCC in fall of 1990. See the June 1989 Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 279-281 for a detailed account.

The June 1989 issue of IPCC News includes summaries of meetings of the Responses Strategies Working Group subcommittees, and of the May meeting in Moscow of the Impacts Analysis Working Group. Request from the NOAA National Climate Program Office (Attn: Mason Charak), 11400 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD 20852 (301-443-8981).

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