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2018/21/PR
1 October 2018
IPCC opens meeting to consider 1.5 degrees report

Incheon, Republic of Korea, October 1 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a meeting on Monday to consider its Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC.

Representatives of the IPCC’s 195 members governments will work with scientists from the IPCC from 1 to 5 October to finalize the Summary for Policymakers of the report, whose full name is Global Warming of 1.5 ºC, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 ºC above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.
 
Governments invited the IPCC to prepare the report in 2015 when they adopted the Paris Agreement to combat climate change. The report, known as SR15, will be the main scientific input at the Talanoa Dialogue in the Katowice Climate Change Conference (COP24) in December this year in Poland.

“Governments have asked the IPCC for an assessment of warming of 1.5 ºC, its impacts and related emissions pathways, to help them address climate change,” IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee said. “Together we will produce a strong, robust and clear Summary for Policymakers that responds to the invitation of governments three years ago while upholding the scientific integrity of the IPCC,” he told the meeting.

The Paris Agreement sets a long-term goal of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 °C.

Subject to approval, the IPCC will release the Summary for Policymakers of the report at a press conference on 8 October.



For more information, contact:
IPCC Press Office, Email: ipcc-media@wmo.int
Werani Zabula +41 79 108 3157 or Nina Peeva +41 79 516 7068



Video footage of the opening session of the IPCC meeting is available here https://bit.ly/2ItGGXD.

Media arrangements for the press conference on Monday 8 October and materials under embargo are available at:http://www.ipcc.ch/news_and_events/ma-sr15-authors.shtml



Interview arrangements on 8 October are available at: http://www.ipcc.ch/news_and_events/MA-IPCC48-registration.shtml
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Notes for editors

About the IPCC

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies. It has 195 member states.



IPCC assessments provide governments, at all levels, with scientific information that they can use to develop climate policies. IPCC assessments are a key input into the international negotiations to tackle climate change. IPCC reports are drafted and reviewed in several stages, thus guaranteeing objectivity and transparency.



The IPCC assesses the thousands of scientific papers published each year to tell policymakers what we know and don’t know about the risks related to climate change. The IPCC identifies where there is agreement in the scientific community, where there are differences of opinion, and where further research is needed. It does not conduct its own research.



To produce its reports, the IPCC mobilizes hundreds of scientists. These scientists and officials are drawn from diverse backgrounds. Only a dozen permanent staff work in the IPCC’s Secretariat.



The IPCC has three working groups: Working Group I, dealing with the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II, dealing with impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III, dealing with the mitigation of climate change. It also has a Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories that develops methodologies for measuring emissions and removals. All of these are supported by Technical Support Units guiding the production of IPCC assessment reports and other products. IPCC Assessment Reports consist of contributions from each of the three working groups and a Synthesis Report. Special Reports undertake an assessment of cross-disciplinary issues that span more than one working group and are shorter and more focused than the main assessments.


About the Sixth Assessment Cycle


At its 41st Session in February 2015, the IPCC decided to produce a Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). At its 42nd Session in October 2015 it elected a new Bureau that would oversee the work on this report and Special Reports to be produced in the assessment cycle. At its 43rd Session in April 2016, it decided to produce three Special Reports, a Methodology Report and AR6. The Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories will be delivered in May 2019. Besides Global Warming of 1.5ºC (SR15), the IPCC will finalize two other Special Reports in August and September 2019 respectively:

  • Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems (SRCCL);
  • Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC).

The AR6 Synthesis Report will be finalized in the first half of 2022.

For more information go to www.ipcc.ch

For more information on SR15 go to http://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/