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The Third Conference of the Parties (COP-3) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change convenes in Kyoto, Japan, December 1-10, 1997. This major gathering of policymakers may be the most important international conference on the environment since the 1992 Earth Summit; it will certainly be a milepost on the road to an international climate policy.

The publishers of this Digest have organized a meeting in Washington Nov. 17-18 that should provide an opportunity for policy makers to review the latest scientific, economic and policy developments as they enter negotiations. (See the Global Climate Change Digest CALENDAR,and program updates at As preparation for that meeting as well as for COP-3 itself, the following resources may be helpful.


United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Provides an overview of the UNFCCC and updates on COP-3, including information on the meetings venue, links to activities supporting COP-3, and special links to information on Kyoto.

Conference of Parties-3
This site, a joint project of the U.N. University and the Environmental Agency of Japan, provides information to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) about the Kyoto conference.

Between Rio and Kyoto
Presents a list of the international rules, conventions, and standards that have been proposed and lead up to COP-3. Produced by a consortium of Japanese governmental bodies and businesses.

Earth Summit + 5
Describes events related to the warm-up for COP-3, held in New York June 23-27, 1997. (See Global Climate Change Digest NEWS, July 1997.)

UNFCC COP-3 Related Sites
Gives information on the conference, the U.N., NGO and government organizations, and Kyoto tourism, and has links to other sites on climate change.

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
The Home Page of the principal organizing group for COP-3. Includes links to additional resources (some of which are searchable) including the Information Unit for conventions.

ECO Newsletter
Publishes daily reports from environmental NGOs attending U.N. negotiating sessions and meetings (only during those meetings).


Designed to provide the news media, legislators, opinion leaders, and the interested public with analysis and commentary on U.S. and global policy initiatives related to climate change.

Global Warming Central
A "roadmap to understanding global warming," produced by the Pace Energy Project at the Pace University School of Law. Engages in a serious debate and discussion of both scientific and policy issues.


Getting There Could be Half the Fun! Kyoto City

Kyoto - The Conference Host City
A comprehensive introduction to the city and what will be happening in early December.

The Kyoto Convention Hall

Kyoto City Map

A Novel Way to Travel to Kyoto
Journey by train and boat from Europe; includes related information and possible funding.


(See GCC ONLINE, Nov.-Dec. 1996 Global Climate Change Digest)

Climate-l: A moderated list for the dissemination of news, information on past and upcoming meetings related to the UNFCCC, copies of position papers, and pointers to on-line resources such as WWW sites and longer documents. Intended to be a very focused list with short messages and messages that link to other on-line documents. A digested version is available consisting of only one e-mail message per week. To subscribe, e-mail with the following in the body of the message: subscribe climate-l [Firstname Lastname].

CLIM-ECON: The Economics of Climate Variability and Global Change (CLIM-ECON) facilitates interdisciplinary discussion on the economics of climate variability and change. To subscribe, send the following message to : SUB CLIM-ECON [Firstname Lastname].

Weathervane: Associated with the Web site listed above, this discussion list was created specifically for the 1997 COP-3. To join, send the message "subscribe" to

Climate Countdown Bulletin: Daily news and commentary from environmental activists marking the "countdown" to COP-3. To subscribe, e-mail with "subscribe" in the subject field and your name, organization, and interests in the message.

OPPT Newsbreak: Daily summaries of U.S. newspaper articles from the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Library, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Provides an efficient way to monitor articles and editorials; a considerable fraction of them relate to climate change. To subscribe, send the command "subscribe OPPT-Newsbreak Firstname Lastname" to

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