In this issue of Tiempo, we present a diverse range of articles which highlight activities and particular views from different regions of the world.

Lionel Hurst, Ambassador for Antigua and Barbuda, asserts that the powerful and wealthier states must confront the moral challenge posed by global climate change. In his eloquent appeal, he states that the future of technological advancement must be based upon the principles of equity and justice and that humanity cannot achieve this without developing its moral integrity.

The need to develop seasonal forecasting capacity in the Indochina region is discussed by Simon Mason. He outlines current efforts in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam aimed at improving access to forecast resources in these nations and stresses the need for further collaboration.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia of Bangladesh stresses the need for capacity strengthening in the Least Developed Countries to enable these nations to address more effectively the issue of climate change simultaneously with sustainable development. In a related vein, Saleemul Huq presents a summary of a roundtable discussion during which participants considered the opportunities and future challenges of climate change for Bangladesh.

Anne de la Vega-Leinert reports on the DINAS-COAST project. This is a top-down, integrated modelling activity intended to improve understanding on potential impacts of, and adaptation to, accelerated sea-level rise at the national, regional and global scales.

Finally, Fatma Denton and Jyoti Parikh argue that issues of gender should be on the climate change agenda and outline recommendations for mainstreaming gender issues.