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Addressing the Challenge of Global Climate Change  2003
Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs: "Therefore it is our intention to implement policies that will foster these technology-based solutions -- that is the way we will address the challenge of global climate change. Significantly, we also believe that climate change should not be pursued in isolation, but should be handled as an integral part of a broad strategic paradigm of sustainable development, which features a balanced mix of environmentally sound, pro-economic growth policies. At the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg and at the COP-8 meeting last year in New Delhi, we found strong and growing support for this position among developing countries." (64KB PDF file)
Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion and Its Interaction with Climate Change (2003 progress report)  2003
Pursuant to Article 6 of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer under the Auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel reported that ozone depletion, which caused increased surface ultraviolet-B (UV-B) radiation, consequently affected living organisms and also materials. New studies had confirmed and strengthened previous findings that UV-B radiation had serious adverse effects on the skin, eyes and immune system. Also, interactions between ozone depletion and climate change had environmental consequences, and the Panel had warned that ultraviolet damage to phytoplankton and other marine organisms might reduce the oceans' capacity as a sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide and so increase global warming. (45KB PDF file)
Guide to the Climate Change Convention Process  2002
This guide provides an overview of the international climate change process as of May 2002. It focuses on the institutions and procedures of the Convention and the Protocol, the participants in the climate change process, and on how the on-going negotiations are conducted.
IISD Linkages: A Multimedia Resource for Environment and Development Negotiations   
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Linkages website provides reporting services on international negotiations, conferences, workshops, symposia and regional meetings that concern sustainable development, climate and atmosphere and other topics concerning environment and development.
Summary of the Ninth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change  2003
The ninth Conference of the Parties (COP-9) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the nineteenth sessions of the COP's Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) were held at the Fiera Milan Congress Center in Milan, Italy, from 1-12 December 2003. (388KB PDF file)
United Nations Environment Programme: The Ozone Secretariat   
Homepage of the Ozone Secretariat, the Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, and for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Access ozone treaties, ratification status, reports, documents and other publications
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC  2003
The website of the secretariat of the Convention provides organizational support and technical information for the Parties to the Convention and observers participating in the intergovernmental negotiations and related activities to combat climate change.
US-India Technology Cooperation on Global Climate Change  2002
A new model for partnership between developed and developing countries worldwide is evolving to address climate change concerns. The US-India Technology Cooperation on Global Climate Change side event on October 31st at the UNFCCC COP-8 provides an important forum to highlight US-India collaboration on protecting the global environment. (181KB PDF file)

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