The IPCC at COP28

GENEVA, Nov 28 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is planning a strong presence at the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COP28 runs from 30 November to 12 December in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The IPCC Chair, Jim Skea, will address the high-level opening on the first day of the conference on 30 November and the plenary session of the Earth Information Day on 3 December. The IPCC Secretary, Abdalah Mokssit, will address the delegates at the opening plenary of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) on 30 November.

The first Global Stocktake, a process in which countries take inventory of the progress made towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement will be taking place during COP28. IPCC´s Synthesis Report to the Sixth Assessment Report released in March 2023 is one of the direct and critical scientific inputs to this process.  

On 4 December, the IPCC will host an official UNFCCC side event on the findings of the Sixth Assessment Report in the context of recent developments and panellists will also look ahead to the scientific challenges of the IPCC´s seventh assessment cycle.

On the same day, the IPCC’s Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI), together with the UNFCCC Secretariat and other partners will host a side event on the key tools supported by the UNFCCC Secretariat to strengthen the Enhanced Transparency Framework of the Paris Agreement. The TFI will be presenting the IPCC inventory software.

Together with the World Meteorological Organization, MERI Foundation and other partners, the IPCC will run a pavilion named “Science for Climate Action” with a rich program of scientific panels and events. Detailed information about the IPCC events at COP28 pavilion and livestreaming can be found here.

To request an interview with the IPCC Chair, Vice-Chairs, Co-Chairs, or other IPCC authors present at COP28 please email

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IPCC Press Office, Email:
Andrej Mahecic, +41 22 730 8516 or Werani Zabula, +41 22 730 8120

Notes for editors

What is 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 Seventh Assessment Cycle

Comprehensive scientific assessment reports are published every 5 to 7 years. The IPCC is currently in its seventh assessment cycle, which formally began in July 2023 with the elections of the new IPCC and Taskforce Bureaus at the IPCC’s Plenary Session in Nairobi.  

IPCC’s latest report, the Sixth Assessment Report, was completed in March 2023 with the release of its Synthesis Report, which provides direct scientific input to the first global stocktake process under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at COP28 in Dubai.

The Sixth Assessment Report comprises three Working Group contributions and a Synthesis Report. The Working Group I contribution Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis was released on 9 August 2021. The Working Group II contribution, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, was released on 28 February 2022. The Working Group III contribution, Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change, was released on 4 April 2022 and the Synthesis Report on 20 March 2023. The Synthesis Report to the Sixth Assessment Report, distills and integrates the findings of the three Working Group assessments as well as the three Special Reports released in 2018 and 2019.

The special reports were on Global Warming of 1.5°C (October 2018.), Climate Change and Land (August 2019) and, the ocean and cryosphere in a changing climate (September 2019).

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