Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - Secretariat
Activities listed are mostly related to (a) The Communication, Assessment and Review (CAR) Programme and (b) The Information Support (IS) Sub-programme. Where not specified, the responses apply to both.
The Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) is the scientific advisory body established under the Convention (see separate background profile).
21 CHAPTERS AND PROGRAMME AREAS OF PARTICULAR FOCUS OR INTEREST:
CAR receives "National Communications"
from Parties which may inter alia include a detailed set of inventories
of greenhouse gas sources and sinks. These inventories are submitted annually
by Annex I Parties (i.e., developed and transitional economy countries),
whose National Communications have well defined contents and structure.
(Details obtainable from the secretariat).
CAR data concern greenhouse gas emission (from various sectors and sub-sectors) as well as their removal by sinks. Data hence cover many Agenda 21 chapters including but not only Ch.9-Atmosphere, Ch.10-Land Resources, Ch.11-Deforestation, Ch.12-Desertification, Ch.14 Agriculture and Rural Development, Ch.15-Biological Diversity, Ch.16-Biotechnology, Ch.17-Oceans and Coastal Areas, Ch.18-Freshwater Resources. The first National Communications from developed and transitional country Parties to the Convention have already been received; the second were due in April 1997; National Communications from developing country Parties start to be due in 1997 (see 9/CP.2 for Annex I Parties and 10/CP.2 for non-Annex I Parties in Doc. FCCC/CP/1996/15/Add.1)
CAR: Information discussions with DESA Division for Sustainable Development to harmonize this work and the CSD National Reports have been initiated.
CAR: Annex I Parties make every effort to provide accurate, consistent, and transparent information in their National Communications.
CAR: There is cooperation with the IPCC and the OECD/IEA. Others may follow as the programme develops (e.g. UNEP, UNDP, other units of DESA).
CAR: Techniques of compilation, synthesis and analysis of information contained in the National Communications, using quantitative methods where applicable.
Users are Government focal points, observers at INC/COP meetings i.e. relevant IGOs, NGOs etc. The public may also access via electronic media.
Publication coordination for IS: With UNEP/IUC (Information Unit on Conventions) for a number of information products for the public at large. Also, with various UNFCCC National Focal Points for the standardization of information dissemination on the World-Wide-Web (CC:INFO/Web).
Information brokers for IS:
UNEP/IUC has been developing materials for use of general public, based
on official information.
Promotion of IS information use: Staffing of a "CC:INFO booth" during UNFCCC meetings; active participation in other information-related meetings.
Within review of National Communications and in the CC:INFO Reports, a great deal of attention is given to producing information in different forms. Basic information produced or collected is transformed into various syntheses and into various summary levels, to be disseminated via different channels to different targets. Distribution to focal points in Government at the decision-making level is given a high priority. Examples of the syntheses compiled by CAR are the 2nd Compilation Synthesis of National Communications (Docs. FCCC/CP/1996/12 & addenda), and the In-Depth Reviews and the Summaries of National Communications, which are translated into all official UN languages and distributed as UN documents.
Development and Support
Identification of data gaps is on-going. Only at a later stage will sufficient information be gathered and analysed to identify gaps.
Office/Person (for inquiries or follow-up):
COVERAGE OF AGENDA 21 PROGRAMME AREAS
Check list - mark (X) areas of major or minor focus.
ORGANIZATION: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - Secretariat
|CHAPTER PROGRAMME AREAS||
|Chapter 2. Sustainable Development|
|2C. Financial resources||
|Chapter 4. Consumption patterns|
|4A. Unsustainable production/consumption||
|4B. National policies/strategies||
|Chapter 5. Demography|
|5A. Demography & sustainable development||
|5B. Integrated national policies||
|Chapter 7. Human settlements|
|7C. Land use||
|7F. Disaster-prone areas||
|Chapter 8. Environment and development|
|8C. Economic instruments||
|Chapter 9. Atmosphere|
|9A. Address uncertainties||
|9B. Sust energy, transport, industry, resources||
|9D. Atmospheric pollution||
|Chapter 10. Integrated management land resources||
|Chapter 11. Forests|
|11A. Multiple roles||
|Chapter 14. Agriculture/rural development|
|14D. Land-resource plans||
|14E. Land conservation/rehab||
|Chapter 17. Oceans|
|17E. Uncertainties management & climate change||
|17G. Small islands||
|Chapter 18. Freshwater|
|18G. Climate change water impact||
|Chapter 28. Local authorities||
|Chapter 29. Workers/trade unions|
|Chapter 30. Business and industry|
|30A. Cleaner production||
|Chapter 33. Finance||
|Chapter 34. Technology transfer||
|Chapter 35. Science|
|35B. Enhancing scientific understanding||
|Chapter 36. Education/public awareness|
|36A. Reorienting education||
|36B. Public awareness||
|Chapter 37. Capacity-building||
|Chapter 40. Information|
|40A. Bridging the data gap||
|40B. Improving availability||