IPCC at the 2024 Bonn Climate Conference

GENEVA, June 1 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be taking part in the 60th session of the Subsidiary Bodies (SBs) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Taking place in Bonn from 3 to 13 June it is also known as the Bonn Climate Conference.

In the lead-up to the Conference, on 2 June, the IPCC Chair, Jim Skea, will address the opening of the Dialogue on the importance of Just Transition pathways to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

On 3 June, the first official day of the Conference, the IPCC Secretary Abdalah Mokssit will speak at the opening of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).

The next day, 4 June, the IPCC Chair will address the opening of the Research Dialogue.

Over the next week, the IPCC will also participate in the expert dialogue on children and climate change, expert dialogue on mountains and climate change, and the in-session workshop on progress in implementing the UNFCCC Gender Action Plan and on future work to be undertaken under gender and climate change.

The IPCC Task Force on Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI), together with the UNFCCC Secretariat, will host a side event on the IPCC Inventory Software as a tool to support the Enhanced Transparency Framework Implementation under the Paris Agreement on 5 June.

At another side event scheduled for 6 June, the IPCC Chair and Bureau Members will present the scientific foundations of the products that will be produced in the IPCC’s seventh assessment cycle and plans to enhance engagement with IPCC Focal Points.

In addition to these, IPCC experts will also be taking part in other side events and activities.

Further details about the events in this media advisory and other activities with IPCC involvement will be available here.

For interview requests with the IPCC experts that will be in Bonn, please email ipcc-media@wmo.int.

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IPCC Press Office, Email: ipcc-media@wmo.int

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. 

At its 60th Session (January 2024, Istanbul), the Panel agreed to produce the three Working Group contributions to the Seventh Assessment Report and its Synthesis Report, a Special Report on Climate Change and Cities and a Methodology Report on Short-lived Climate Forcers. During this cycle, the Panel will also deliver a Methodology Report on Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies, Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage.

In addition, a revision of the 1994 IPCC Technical Guidelines on impacts and adaptation as well as adaptation indicators, metrics and guidelines, will be developed in conjunction with the Working Group II report and published as a separate product.

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, distils 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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