Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre

World Climate Conference-3 Geneva, interns' findings

09/10/2009 - by Graduate students Columbia University's Climate Master's program

In 2008 and 2009, graduate students from Columbia University’s Climate and Society Master’s program worked as interns with IFRC offices around the globe.  In each location, they conducted surveys, interviews, and workshops to assess available weather and climate information in the context of IFRC user-needs.  Students made recommendations to climate information providers and the IFRC on how climate forecasts might be better tailored and utilized for the IFRC’s humanitarian work.  Key findings and recommendations were brought to the attention of policy makers and meteorological service providers at the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC3) in Geneva, 2009 through a side event and synthesis report.  These findings contributed to the key conference outcome: a commitment among participants to develop a Global Framework for Climate Services. Click here for the document.