IPCC elects Hoesung Lee as Chair

DUBROVNIK, Croatia, Oct 6 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) elected Hoesung Lee of the Republic of Korea as its new Chair on Tuesday.
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Press Conference (Recording)
Opening statement at press conference
Press Release: IPCC elects Bureau for Sixth Assessment Report

IPCC elects Ko Barrett (USA), Thelma Krug (Brazil) and Youba Sokona (Mali) as IPCC Vice Chairs.

IPCC elects its Co-Chairs: Valérie Masson-Delmotte (France) and Panmao Zhai (China) for WG I, Hans-Otto Pörtner (Germany) and Debra Roberts (South Africa) for WG II, Jim Skea (United Kingdom) and P.R. Shukla (India) for WG III, Kiyoto Tanabe (Japan) and Eduardo Calvo (Peru) for the Task Force Bureau.

New IPCC Bureau and Task Force Bureau
Press conference with Bureau Members (Recorded)

Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)

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  • AR5: Synthesis Report
  • Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis
  • Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
  • Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change

Synthesis Report

The Synthesis Report distils and integrates the findings of the three working group contributions to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report -- the most comprehensive assessment of climate change yet undertaken, produced by hundreds of scientists -- as well as the two Special Reports produced during this cycle.

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The Physical Science Basis

The Working Group I contribution provides a comprehensive assessment of the physical science basis of climate change. The report includes a detailed assessment of climate change observations throughout the climate system; dedicated chapters on sea level change, biogeochemical cycles, clouds and aerosols, and regional climate phenomena; extensive information from models, including near-term and long-term climate projections; and a new comprehensive atlas of global and regional climate projections for 35 regions of the world.

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Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

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Mitigation of Climate Change

The Working Group III contribution assesses the options for mitigating climate change and their underlying technological, economic and institutional requirements. It transparently lays out risks, uncertainty and ethical foundations of climate change mitigation policies on the global, national and sub-national level, investigates mitigation measures for all major sectors and assesses investment and finance issues.

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Working Group III Report website
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News and Sessions

IPCC 42nd Dubrovnik, Croatia (5 - 8 Oct 2015)

Documents (alternate site)
Statement by Ismail El Gizouli, Acting Chair of the IPCC, at the Opening session

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