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United Nations Framework Convention On Climate Change 1992

Preamble

Article 1 - Definitions

Article 2 - Objective

Article 3 - Principles

Article 4 - Commitments

Article 5 - Research and Systematic Observation

Article 6 - Education, Training and Public Awareness

Article 7 - Conference of the Parties

Article 8 - Secretariat

Article 9 - Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice

Article 10 - Subsidiary Body for Implementation

Article 11 - Financial Mechanism

Article 12 - Communication of Information Related to Implementation

Article 13 - Resolution of Questions Regarding Implementation

Article 14 - Settlement of Disputes

Article 15 - Amendments to the Convention

Article 16 - Adoption and Amendment of Annexes to the Convention

Article 17 - Protocols

Article 18 - Right to Vote

Article 19 - Depositary

Article 20 - Signature

Article 21 - Interim Arrangements

Article 22 - Ratification, Acceptance, Approval of Accession

Article 23 - Entry Into Force

Article 24 - Reservations

Article 25 - Withdrawal

Article 26 - Authentic Texts

ANNEX I

Endnotes

Endnotes

Metadata

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Manifest

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United Nations Framework Convention On Climate Change 1992

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United Nations Framework Convention On Climate Change 1992

Article 1 - Definitions

For the purposes of this Convention:

1. "Adverse effects of climate change" means change in the physical environment or biota resulting from climate change which have significant deleterious effects on the composition, resilience or productivity of natural and managed ecosystems or on the operation of socio-economic systems or on human health and welfare.

2. "Climate change" means a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.

3. "Climate system" means the totality of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere and their interactions.

4. "Emissions" means the release of greenhouse gases and/or their precursors into the atmosphere over a specified area and period of time.

5. "Greenhouse gases" means those gaseous constituents of the atmosphere, both natural and anthropogenic, that absorb and re-emit infra-red radiation.

6. "Regional economic integration organization" means an organization constituted by sovereign States of a given region which has competence in respect of matters governed by this Convention or its protocols and has been duly authorized, in accordance with its internal procedures, to sign, ratify, accept, approve or accede to the instruments concerned.

7. "Reservoir" means a component or components of the climate system where a greenhouse gas or a precursor of a greenhouse gas is stored.

8. "Sink" means any process, activity or mechanism which removes a greenhouse gas, an aerosol or a precursor of a greenhouse gas from the atmosphere.

9. "Source" means any process or activity which releases a greenhouse gas, an aerosol or a precursor of a greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.


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