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Twenty-Ninth Session of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and
Twentieth Anniversary of the IPCC

31 August - 4 September 2008 | Geneva, Switzerland
Highlights for Monday, 1 September 2008
Twentieth Anniversary of the IPCC celebrated!
Side Event on ‘Global Glaciers Changes: facts and figures’
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) launched a new facts and figures report on glaciers and ice caps during a side event to the 29th session of IPCC on 1 September, 2008, in Geneva. The report presents recent fluctuations of glaciers and ice caps and underlines an overall trend of glaciers’ retreat. Wilfried Haeberli, Director of WGMS, noted that glaciers are unique demonstration objects of global climate change. The new publication confirms the global trend of collapse and disintegration of glaciers. In particular, it indicates that the average annual melting rate of glaciers has doubled after the turn of the millennium, with record losses posted in 2006 for key reference sites. Peter Gilruth, Director of the Division of Early Warning and Assessment, UNEP, underlined UNEP’s work on synthesizing scientific information on global environmental issues and noted that the new report on glaciers will become a key information resource. Haeberli highlighted that the lack of data on glaciers in some vulnerable regions undermines the ability to provide precise early warning for countries and populations at risk. In this regard, he called for strengthening the monitoring network in the Tropics, Central Asia and the Polar regions.

The full report can be found at

Contact Info:
Wilfried Haeberli, Director WGMS, +41 44 63 55 120,
Wilfried Haeberli, Director of World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS), presenting at the Side Event.
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Final Draft Report of the 28th Session
IPCC Programme and Budget
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Future IPCC Activities
Future of the IPCC - Comments received after P28
Programme for the Opening Ceremony and the Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the IPCC
Record of nominations for positions in the IPCC Bureau
IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4)

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