Virtual Press Conference: Launch of IPCC Working Group II contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report, 28 February 2022 at noon (12:00) CET

Updated on 17 February to include terms of the embargo.

BERLIN, Feb 16 – On 28 February 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will hold a virtual press conference to present the Summary for Policymakers of the Working Group II contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report. The Working Group II report is entitled Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.

The IPCC virtual press conference is now scheduled for noon (12:00) CET (Berlin) on 28 February 2022 – 20:00 JST (Tokyo), 18:00 ICT (Bangkok), 14:00 EAT (Nairobi), 13:00 EET (Amman), 11:00 GMT (London), 08:00 BRT (Sao Paulo), 06:00 EST (New York).

The IPCC embargo will be lifted at the same time – at noon (12:00) CET on 28 February 2022, coinciding with the beginning of the press conference.

Note for reporters and editors: All IPCC press materials are strictly embargoed until 12:00 pm (noon) CET on 28 February 2022.
This means no use, no coverage, publication, printing, or posting on any media and digital platform (broadcast, print, online, social, etc.) before the embargo is lifted at 12:00 pm (noon) CET on 28 February 2022.

Journalists who have registered for IPCC embargoed materials and for the press conference will receive details of how they can submit questions during the live stream of the press conference. Media registration for IPCC accreditation is open until 18 February 2022

The press conference will be streamed live on the IPCC YouTube channel.


For more information, please contact:

IPCC Press Office, Email:  
Andrej Mahecic, + 41 79 704 2459, Werani Zabula, + 41 22 730 8120

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 (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide political leaders with periodic scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies. In the same year, the UN General Assembly endorsed the action by the WMO and UNEP in jointly establishing the IPCC. It has 195 member states.

Thousands of people from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC. For the assessment reports, experts volunteer their time as IPCC authors to assess the thousands of scientific papers published each year to provide a comprehensive summary of what is known about the drivers of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and how adaptation and mitigation can reduce those risks.

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.

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.

About the Sixth Assessment Cycle

Comprehensive scientific assessment reports are published every 6 to 7 years; the latest, the Fifth Assessment Report, was completed in 2014 and provided the main scientific input to the Paris Agreement. 

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 Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis was released on 9 August 2021.

More information about the Working Group II report, including its agreed outline, can be found here.

The Working Group III contribution is scheduled to be finalized in April 2022.

The concluding Synthesis Report is due later in 2022.

The IPCC also publishes special reports on more specific issues between assessment reports.

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, and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate was released in September 2019.

In May 2019 the IPCC released the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, an update to the methodology used by governments to estimate their greenhouse gas emissions and removals. 

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