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Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - UNFCCC


Friday, 21 March 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This is a moment to celebrate the far-sightedness of the Convention and all of the investment in its implementation that so many thousands of people have made over the last two decades.

To mark the anniversary, the secretariat has prepared an interesting, informative and fun timeline.

Relive great moments in the history of the Convention in stories, photos and video

Read the message by UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon her:

20 years UNFCCC [PDF, 16 KB]
Message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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General facts:

The effects of global climate change are becoming ever more evident. Increased incidents of hurricanes, droughts and forest fires are just some of the phenomena which are being attributed to global warming. Global warming is caused by an excess of heat-trapping gases, first and foremost carbon dioxide, which is in turn caused by unsustainable energy use and production and other human activities.

In 1992, countries adopted the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a response to the problem. Five years later, they adopted the Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.

The staff of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn works towards this goal, guided by the Convention’s 195 and the Protocol’s 192 contracting Parties. Among other things, the staff supports climate change negotiations, organises meetings and analyses and reviews climate change information and data reported by Parties.

The Secretariat also supports the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. The Protocol strengthens the Convention by setting legally binding emission reduction requirements for 37 industrialised countries. A compliance committee supported by the Secretariat oversees its implementation.

The Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol are also designed to assist countries in adapting to the inevitable effects of climate change. The secretariat supports governments and institutions to develop the techniques that can help increase resilience to climate change impacts - for example, the development of salt-resistant crops - to exchange best practices with regard to adaptation and to negotiate funding for adaptation measures and plans.

(Source: Common Information Unit of the United Nations Organisations in Bonn)

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