Report of the First Session of the WMO/UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Page: 1
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1. ORGANIZATION OF THE SESSION (agenda item 1)
1.1 Opening of the Session (agenda item 1.1)
1.1.1 The first session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
was held at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG) from.
9 to 11 November 1988. It was formally opened at 10.15 am on 9 November by ,
Mr. J.P. Bruce, Acting Deputy Secretary-General of the World Meteorological:
1.1.2 Professor G.O.P. Obasi, Secretary-General of WMO, in his opening
address, welcomed the delegates and emphasized the great importance attached
by WMO to the work of this new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC). He welcomed and paid a warm tribute to Dr. Mostafa K. Tolba,
Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), for his
successful efforts with regard to the Vienna Convention on the Ozone Layer and
its associated Montreal Protocol.
The Secretary-General stressed that the predicted global warming
is one of the most important long-term challenges facing humanity. He
referred to the enormous outburst of public concern over global warming and
the related sea level rise, the discussions in the UN General Assembly on the
draft resolution by Malta on climate change and the attention by heads of
state and the media.
He emphasized the scientific nature of the Organization's work in
assisting 160 Member countries in measuring, standardizing, collecting and
disseminating climate and other atmospheric data. He pointed out that
scientific investigations have been carried out under the World Climate
Programme in its four components : data, applications, research and impact
studies. The Programme is being carried out in a co-ordinated manner between
WMO, UNEP, ICSU and UNESCO.
At the same time, WMO cannot be a bystander in considering the
consequences of the scientific studies. It has, together with UNEP, formed
IPCC and convened its first session.
Cautioning the Panel members that their task spans many discplines
and demands much iterative work between science and public policy, Prof. Obasi
urged them to bring together their differing expertise and backgrounds in a
co-operative, productive manner. He pointed out that there is the suggestion
of an agenda for the Panel's work for the next year and a half in the draft
resolution by Malta on climate change.
He noted that in our search for policy responses to global warming
we must continue to support and strengthen the measurement and research
programmes to reduce the uncertainties in scientific understanding. One
especially important task is to strengthen work on climate and air quality in
the developing countries of the world so that they become full partners in the
search for appropriate solutions.
Finally, he pledged the full support of WMO to the efforts of the
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