The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (French: Le Conseil économique et social des Nations unies; CÉSNU) constitutes one of the principal organs of the United Nations. It is responsible for coordinating the economic, social and related work of 14 UN specialized agencies, their functional commissions and five regional commissions. ECOSOC has 54 members; it holds one four-week session each year in July. Since 1998, it has also held a meeting each April with finance ministers heading key committees of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). United Nations Economic and Social Council
When the UN General Assembly decided to convene the Stockholm Conference, at the initiative of the Government of Sweden, UN Secretary-General U Thant invited Maurice Strong to lead it as Secretary-General of the Conference. The conference was opened and addressed by the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme and secretary-general Kurt Waldheim to discuss the state of the global environment. Attended by the representatives of 113 countries, 19 inter-governmental agencies, and more than 400 inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, it is widely recognized as the beginning of modern political and public awareness of global environmental problems. United Nations Conference on the Human Environment
Cooperation & Support Many countries are vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change in large part because they lack the domestic resources to support projects and innovations that would, for example, help stave off agricultural disasters or ease the transition to a clean energy economy.
Parties The Convention divides countries into three main groups according to differing commitments: Parties & Observers
Admitted NGO Admitted NGO NOTE: It is the responsibility of the Designated Contact Point to notify the secretariat when changes are made to the information below.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a scientific intergovernmental body, set up at the request of member governments. It was first established in 1988 by two United Nations organizations, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and later endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 43/53.
First IPCC Report.pdf | Crocodoc
This marker indicating the sea level is placed on the path from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea. Sea Level
Sea ice is frozen seawater that floats on the ocean surface. Blanketing millions of square kilometers, sea ice forms and melts with the polar seasons, affecting both human activity and biological habitat. In the Arctic, some sea ice persists year after year, whereas almost all Southern Ocean or Antarctic sea ice is "seasonal ice," meaning it melts away and reforms annually. SOTC: Sea Ice
Trends in global average absolute sea level, 1870–2008.
Deforestation, clearance or clearing is the removal of a forest or stand of trees where the land is thereafter converted to a non-forest use. Examples of deforestation include conversion of forestland to farms, ranches, or urban use. Deforestation
Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. Climate Change
Guide to the Climate Change Convention Process.pdf | Crocodoc
UNFCCC Webcast - UN Climate Change Conference June 2011
Safeguarding Future Retirement Funds – Time for Investors to Move Out of High-Carbon Assets Says UN’s Top Climate Official
Conference of the Parties Convention Bodies
Status of Ratification
List of Annex I Parties to the Convention
List of Non-Annex I Parties to the Convention