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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

by Khristine Custodio last modified Nov 19, 2013 09:38 AM
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) supports the negotiations to strengthen the global response to climate change. It deals with climate change as a complex global problem with consequences on poverty, economic development, population growth, sustainable development and resource management. UNFCCC categorizes water as among the most vulnerable resources to be impacted by climate change.

Inland water ecosystems are often extensively modified by humans, more so than marine or terrestrial systems, and are amongst the most threatened ecosystem types of all. Physical alteration, habitat loss and degradation, water withdrawal, overexploitation, pollution and the introduction of invasive alien species are the main threats to these ecosystems and their associated biological resourcesUNFCCC's work on climate change is focused on the following areas:

  1. Adaptation
  2. Finance
  3. Mitigation
  4. Technology

The UNFCCC Secretariat assists the organization of the Conference of Parties (COPs) where debates on agendas and annotations on the negotiations take place. UNFCCC promotes programmatic approaches to climate change solutions that are cross-sectoral in nature, and includes parameters on impacts on water and the innovative methodologies to address water resources management challenges brought about by climate change.

More about UNFCCC

The UNFCCC was established in 1992 when countries agreed to limit average global temperature increases and the resulting climate change, and to cope with whatever inevitable impacts. There are now 195 Parties to the Convention and 192 Parties to the Kyoto Protocol which legally binds developed countries to emission reduction targets.

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UNFCCC secretariat
UN Campus
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
53113 Bonn

+49 228 815 1000
+49 228 815 1999



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