World Climate Program

Type of Structure: program
Regional Scope: global
Parent Organisations: WMO.UN
Child Organisations: GOOS, WCDMP, WCIRP, WCRP, WCSP
No more in operation: ACSYS, WCASP
Duration : 1979 to present
Contact Address: no office contact defined

General information and objectives

The World Climate Programme (WCP) comprises the following components:
  • World Climate Data and Monitoring Programme (WCDMP)

  • World Climate Applications and Services Programme (WCASP)

  • World Climate Impact Assessment and Response Strategies Programme (WCIRP)

  • World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

  • The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS)

    The objectives of the WCP are:

  • to use existing climate information to improve economic and social planning;

  • to improve the understanding of climate processes through research, so as to determine the predictability of climate and the extent of man's influence on it;

  • to detect and warn governments of impending climate variations or changes, either natural or man-made, which may significantly affect critical human activities.

    Co-ordination of the overall Programme is the responsibility of the WMO, along with direct management of the WCDMP and WCASP. The UN Environment Programme has accepted responsibility for the WCIRP, while the WCRP is a joint effort between WMO and the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU). Other organizations involved in the Programme include UNESCO, IOC, FAO, WHO, IFAD, and the Consultative Group for International Agricultural research (OGIAR). The Co-ordinating Committee for the World Climate Programme (CCWCP) provides overall coordination between the four components of the World Climate Programme and effective communication and co-ordination with other related international climate activities. Co-ordination of activities on the climate change issue involves support to intergovernmental mechanisms such as the WMO/UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and to the development of international agreements on climate and its protection, such as a Framework Convention on climate change (FCCC) that is developed through the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for the FCCC.

    Last update: 5/6/22
    Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2022)

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