GENEVA, Jan 4 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), currently working on its next comprehensive report, the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), will open the draft Working Group III contribution for a second review by experts from 18 January to 14 March 2021.
The second order draft of the report includes the first drafts of the Summary for Policymakers and Technical Summary. All content builds on the First-Order Draft and the expert review comments submitted on that draft.
Working Group III is responsible for assessing the mitigation of climate change – responses and solutions to the threat of dangerous climate change by reducing emissions and enhancing sinks of the greenhouse gases that are responsible for global warming.
“Our authors worked tirelessly and under unique circumstances to prepare this draft for review. It is the first opportunity for governments to review the WG III contribution to the Sixth Assessment and we strongly encourage and welcome their comments on this draft,” said Jim Skea and Priyadarshi Shukla, the Co-Chairs of Working Group III.
“The report has a number of innovations, including a new chapter on demand, services and social aspects of mitigation, and a chapter dedicated to innovation, technology development and transfer. Comments from experts and governments on these and other parts of the report are an essential step in delivering a high-quality final draft,” they said in a joint statement.
Reviews ensure that IPCC reports cover the most up to date scientific, technical and socio-economic findings, and are representative of a broad range of independent expertise from developed and developing countries.
Authors will prepare a Final Draft based on the comments received during the second review. The Final Draft is distributed to governments at the time of the final government review of the Summary for Policymakers. The dates for the final government review of the Working Group III contribution to the AR6 are yet to be confirmed.
Experts interested in serving as Expert Reviewers and providing scientific comments on the Second-Order Draft of the Working Group III contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report can register until midnight CET on 7 March 2021 at https://apps.ipcc.ch/comments/ar6wg3/sod/register.php.
To register for the review, a self-declaration of expertise is required. Once the registration is complete, and before accessing the draft, reviewers agree to the terms of the review, including the confidentiality of the draft and review materials, which are provided solely for the purpose of the review. The drafts may not be cited, quoted or distributed. All expert reviewers will be acknowledged in the published report.
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Jonathan Lynn, +41 22 730 8066, Werani Zabula, +41 22 730 8120
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Global Warming of 1.5°C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius 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 was launched in October 2018.
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 was launched in August 2019.
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