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U.S. Announces Contribution to Support the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC3)
May 5, 2009

U.S. Mission – Media Note
May 5, 2009

U.S. Announces Contribution to Support the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC3)
Funding will be provided by the U.S. State Department and NOAA

The United States has announced that it will make a contribution to support the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC3) which will be held in Geneva from August 31 to September 4, 2009.

The aim of the WCC3 is to establish an international framework to guide the development and dissemination of climate services which will link science-based climate predictions and information with climate-risk management and adaptation to climate variability and change throughout the world.

The contribution will be made by two U.S. government agencies, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which will contribute $250,000 to the conference and the U.S. Department of State, which expects to announce an additional contribution in the near future.

Dr. Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, informed Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the WMO, of the U.S. contribution during a visit to WMO headquarters May 5.   The pledge of United States support is contained in a letter to Dr. Jarraud signed by John L. Hayes, the Permanent Representative of the United States with the WMO.

Dr. Brimmer is in Geneva May 4-5 for her first visit since assuming her post.  Dr. Brimmer’s visit includes meetings with representatives of U.N. agencies, international organizations and NGOs engaged on the issue of climate change.