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First World Climate Conference

The first World Climate Conference is organized by the United Nations and the World Health Organization

The conference held in Geneva includes 350 specialists from 53 countries and 24 international organizations and from a wide range of disciplines including agriculture, water resources, fisheries, energy, environment, ecology, biology, medicine, sociology and economics.  After two weeks of deliberations, the organizers issue a World Climate Conference Declaration:  “Having regard to the all-pervading influence of climate on human society and on many fields of human activities and endeavour, the Conference finds that it is now urgently necessary for the nations of the world:  (a) To take full advantage of man’s present knowledge of climate; (b) To take steps to improve significantly that knowledge; (c) To foresee and prevent potential man-made changes in climate that might be adverse to the well-being of humanity.”*


John W. Zillman, “A History of Climate Activities,” World Meteorological Association Bulletin Vol 58(3)2009,

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