Some useful website addresses and documents are included in the list of resources to help you research the six sub-themes. An online discussion forum is now open for you to share what you have learned with others and to develop a Plan of Action that will be presented to the President of the General Assembly on 5 December. You must register first in order to gain access to the forums. Once you have registered you can login whenever you want. In addition, you may participate in live video chats on climate change that will be scheduled before the conference. The first one will take place on 20 November. Check the home page of the UN Cyberschoolbus for more information.
Gateway to the UN System's Work on Climate Change This is the main portal for all information about what the United Nations system is doing to address climate change. It contains background information, many factsheets, links to reports, and a comprehensive list of UN bodies that are working on climate change.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change The Convention on Climate Change sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change. It contains numerous resources -- for beginners or experts -- such as introductory and in-depth publications, the official UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol texts and a search engine to the UNFCCC library.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1988 to provide policymakers with an objective source of information about the causes of climate change, its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences and the options available to respond to it. The information it provides reflects existing viewpoints within the scientific community.
UN News Centre Go to the home page of the UN News Centre and type ‘climate change’ in the search box to find the latest news on climate change.
UN Chronicle (Issue 2, 2007) This UN quartely periodical devoted an entire issue to climate change. Make sure you read the article by the Prime Minister of Tuvalu on the threat climate change poses to the human rights of those living in the middle of the South Pacific.
World Environment Day 2008: CO2 Kick the Habit Find out what other students are doing to raise awareness about climate change and the actions they are taking to reduce their carbon footprint. Go to the links page to find more online resources on climate change.
United Nations Environment Programme Learn more about what UNEP is doing to address climate change.
United Nations Development Programme, 2007. Human Development Report 2007/2008. Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world. Palgrave Macmillan, New York.
One of the best UN resources on climate change. The main source for the background document on this website. Contains numerous examples that apply to the human rights themes.
UNESCO, 2007. Case studies on Climate Change and World Heritage. UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Paris.
Excellent resource for examples of the impact climate change is having on the cultural and natural heritage considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.
Bali Action Plan
An official United Nations Action Plan on climate change that charts the course for a new negotiating process and articulates various tracks that are essential to reaching a secure future.