9 June 2022
Bonn, Germany

Colleagues, Delegates,

I’m honoured to provide this keynote address at the opening ceremony of the first Technical Dialogue.

In the past 10 months the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a trilogy of reports providing policymakers with the most up-to-date science on climate change.  These three reports are a dire warning about the consequences of inaction. Climate change is a grave and mounting threat to our wellbeing and a healthy planet.

We are now busy working to finalise the Synthesis Report with which we will complete the Sixth Assessment Report.

The climate science is clear; our Physical Science Basis report concludes that:

Our report on Impact, Adaptation and Vulnerability shows that these levels of warming are a threat to human wellbeing and the health of the planet and that the next few years offer a rapidly closing window to realize a sustainable, livable future for all.

As the mitigation to climate change report concluded, we are not on track to limit warming to 1.5°C. Average annual GHG emissions during the last two decades were the highest in human history.

Yes, colleagues, we are at crossroads. Our actions today will shape how people adapt and nature responds to increasing climate risks.

The IPCC reports throughout this entire cycle focus on solutions.

In concluding, I wish to remind you, that the next few years will be critical, but there are ways to improve our chances of success. International cooperation is key to achieving ambitious climate goals.

I invite you to reflect on the knowledge we have developed so far which today is stronger than ever to build the decisions to address the climate challenge.

Thank you.

Wednesday 8 June 2022
Bonn, Germany

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Thank you, Tosi/Chair,

Welcome to this special event to present the IPCC Working Group III report, following our special event on the Working Group II report on Monday and yesterday’s first part of the Structured Expert Dialogue.

We again very much look forward to this opportunity for a direct exchange with you on our findings.

Today’s meeting responds to the Glasgow COP invitation to the IPCC to present its forthcoming reports. It will be followed by the second structured expert dialogue session this afternoon looking at this report.

The Working Group III report provides an updated global assessment of climate change mitigation progress and pledges and examines the sources of global emissions, assessing the impact of national climate pledges in relation to the long-term climate goals.

Among the innovations in this report, which builds on the 2014 Fifth Assessment and the special reports prepared earlier in the Sixth Assessment cycle, are a new chapter on the social aspects of mitigation exploring the “demand side” – what drives consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and serving as a complement to the traditional sectoral chapters on what produces emissions.

This report also includes a cross-sector chapter on mitigation options cutting across sectors including carbon dioxide removal techniques, and a new chapter on innovation, technology development and transfer.

The Working Group III report, finalized only two months ago, assesses progress made in limiting global emissions as well as available options across sectors and systems for reducing and stopping the global warming

The IPCC WGI  report on Physical Science Basis launched in August last year and presented to you on Glasgow in November last year showed that human activities have warmed the planet at a rate not seen in at least the past 2000 years and  we are on course to reaching global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius within the next two decades.

As we heard on Monday in the Working Group II report, these levels of warming are posing a grave and mounting threat to the wellbeing of billions of people and the health of life on the planet and that the next few years offer a rapidly closing window to realize a sustainable, livable future for all.  

Our event will follow the structure of the Summary for Policymakers, looking at recent developments and current trends; system transformations to limit global warming; linkages between mitigation, adaptation and sustainable development; and strengthening the response to climate change.

You will shortly hear the detail from IPCC Co-chairs and authors who prepared the report. But let me summarize the key findings:

We are at a crossroads. The decisions we make now can ensure a liveable future. We have the tools and know-how required to limit warming.

But we have experienced the highest decadal increase in greenhouse gas emissions in human history and we are not on track to limit warming to 1.5ºC.

There is increasing evidence of climate action and there are options available in all sectors that can at least halve emissions by 2030.

The next few years will be critical. But there are ways to improve our chances of success.

However, unless there are immediate and deep greenhouse gas emission reductions across all sectors and regions, 1.5ºC is beyond reach.

Looking beyond technology, the report shows that financial flows are three to six times lower than levels needed by 2030 to limit warming to below 2ºC. However, there is sufficient global capital and liquidity to close investment gaps.

Without ambitious climate action, sustainable development cannot be achieved. Before we invite Jim Skea and Priyadarshi Shukla, Co-Chairs of Working Group III to begin the presentation, we will watch a video dedicated to the report. I look forward to our discussion.

Monday, 6 June 2022
Bonn, Germany

Thank you, Tosi/Chair,

Let me also welcome you all to this special event to present the IPCC Working Group II report, the first of several activities involving the IPCC at these Subsidiary Bodies meetings.

We very much look forward to this opportunity for a direct exchange with you on our findings.

Today’s meeting responds to the Glasgow COP invitation to the IPCC to present its forthcoming reports. It follows the special event at COP26 in Glasgow last November to present the Working Group I report and will be followed by a special event on Wednesday on the Working Group III report.

With that, we will complete the presentation of the three IPCC working groups’ contributions to the Sixth Assessment Report.

Furthermore, we will be working with you here in Bonn over the next ten days  to  unpack  the findings of our reports and to place them in the context of the global stocktake, global goal on adaptation, as well on identifying research gaps for future scientific work and assessments.

Meanwhile, the IPCC is busy completing the Synthesis Report, integrating all the knowledge produced in this assessment cycle.

The Working Group II report, finalized a little over three months ago, examines how the continuing climate change identified in the Working Group I report last August is impacting people, wildlife and farming.

It examines future impacts and risks at different levels of warming and considers the options and limits for humankind and nature to adjust to the changes to our climate system underway or in the pipeline, strengthening society and nature’s resilience to climate change.

Among the innovations in this report, which builds on the Fifth Assessment Report in 2014 and the special reports prepared earlier in this cycle, there are sections on climate change impacts, risks and options to act for cities and settlements by the sea, tropical forests, mountains, biodiversity hotspots, drylands and deserts, the Mediterranean and polar regions, and an atlas presenting impacts and risks from global to regional scales.

Our event today will follow the structure of the Summary for Policymakers, with sections on observed and projected impacts and risks, adaptation measures and enabling conditions, and climate-resilient development.

You will shortly hear the detail from IPCC co-chairs and authors who prepared the report. But let me summarize the key findings:

The cumulative scientific evidence is unequivocal: climate change is a grave and mounting threat to human wellbeing and the health of the planet. Any further delay in concerted global action will miss a brief and rapidly closing window to secure a liveable future.

We are not on track to achieve a climate-resilient sustainable world.

This report is a dire warning about the consequences of inaction. Our actions today will shape how people adapt and nature responds to increasing climate risks.

And as you will hear, climate change is intersecting with a number of other challenges including biodiversity loss and inequity to increase threats to ecosystems and people.

The report shows that exceeding warming of 1.5ºC, even temporarily, will result in additional severe impacts, some of which are irreversible.

Urgent action is required to adapt to climate change at the same as making rapid deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Before, we invite  Working Group II Vice-Chair Joy Pereira and Co-Chair Hans-Otto Pörtner to begin the presentation we will see the Working Group II report video. I look forward to our discussion.

Thank you.

GENEVA, June 6 – The schedule for the Synthesis Report, the final installment of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is expected to be revised for operational reasons.

It is anticipated that the Synthesis Report, which was scheduled to be released in early October 2022, will be rescheduled for release in late 2022 or early 2023.    

Exact changes to the schedule are to be considered by the IPCC and announced in a due course.

The Synthesis Report follows the release of three major reports over the past 10 months – the three Working Group contributions to the Sixth Assessment Report – despite the challenges to the work programme raised by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Synthesis Report will integrate the findings of the three Working Group assessments as well as the three Special Reports released earlier in the cycle in 2018 and 2019 to provide policymakers with a high-level, up-to-date understanding of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for addressing it.

For more information contact:

IPCC Press Office, Email: ipcc-media@wmo.int
Andrej Mahecic, +41 22 730 8516 or 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. 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.

The IPCC is currently working on the final installment to the Sixth Assessment Report, the Synthesis Report, which will integrate the findings of the three Working Group assessments as well as the three Special Reports released in 2018 and 2019.

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. 

For more information visit www.ipcc.ch.

The website includes outreach materials including videos about the IPCC and video recordings from outreach events conducted as webinars or live-streamed events.

Most videos published by the IPCC can be found on our YouTube channel

GENEVA, June 3 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be taking part in the Bonn Climate Conference or the 56th session of the Subsidiary Bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 6 to 16 June 2022.   

The IPCC Secretary Abdallah Mokssit will deliver a statement on behalf of the IPCC at the opening of the 56th Session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) on 6 June. From 14.00 pm that afternoon, the Co-Chairs, and authors of the IPCC Working Group II will be presenting the findings from the report Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability at a SBSTA-IPCC special event.  On 8 June 2022, the IPCC Working Group III Co-Chairs and authors will present the findings from the report Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change at a similar event. Both special events will be opened by the Chair of the IPCC Hoesung Lee.

On the morning of 7 June, IPCC experts will be presenting and taking part in an event on the Global Goal on Adaptation. From 16.00 on 7 and 8 June, IPCC will participate in the Structured Expert Dialogue, where the findings of the Working Group II and III contributions to the Sixth Assessment Report will be the main input to the discussions.

At 11.30 am on 8 June, the IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI) will hold a side event with UNFCCC on The Next Generation of the IPCC Inventory Software: A key tool to support the Enhanced Transparency Framework Implementation under the Paris Agreement. 

Experts of the three IPCC Working Groups that developed the latest Sixth Assessment Report trilogy (the Physical Science Basis, Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability and Mitigation of Climate Change) will provide input to the Research Dialogue on 9 June.

From the afternoon of 9 June till 14 June, the UNFCCC will host the very first Technical Dialogue on the Global Stocktake. The Global Stocktake is a process where the world’s governments would periodically take stock of the implementation of the Paris Agreement to assess their collective progress towards achieving the purpose of the Agreement and its long-term goals. The IPCC Chair will provide opening remarks and IPCC Co-Chairs and experts will be taking part in the various round tables over the duration of the Technical Dialogue.  

IPCC experts will also be taking part in various other side events and activities. The TFI will have a dedicated space providing an opportunity to learn about its activities, in particular the new generation of inventory software, and the work of the IPCC in general.  

Details on the events in this media advisory and other activities with IPCC involvement, including how to follow the relevant livestreams, will be shared here.

For interview requests, please email ipcc-media@wmo.int.

For more information contact:
IPCC Press Office, Email: ipcc-media@wmo.int
Andrej Mahecic, +41 22 730 8516 or 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. 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.

The  IPCC is currently working on the final installment to the Sixth Assessment Report, the  Synthesis Report, which will integrate the findings of the three Working Group assessments as well as the three Special Reports released in 2018 and 2019.

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. 

For more information visit www.ipcc.ch.

The website includes outreach materials including videos about the IPCC and video recordings from outreach events conducted as webinars or live-streamed events.

Most videos published by the IPCC can be found on our YouTube channel.  

GENEVA, 23 May — TIME has named Panmao Zhai and Valérie Masson-Delmotte to this year’s TIME100 list, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes will appear in the June 6 / June 13 double issue of TIME, available here.

Valérie Masson-Delmotte and  Panmao Zhai are the Co-Chairs of the IPCC Working Group I for the latest IPCC cycle – the Sixth Assessment cycle. Most recently they have led the development the Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report on the physical science basis of climate change. The IPCC Sixth Assessment Report comprises also of the contributions from Working Groups II and III and a Synthesis Report.

“This selection really highlights the increasing recognition and 
understanding of climate change around the world, and the importance 
of the IPCC’s recently issued three Working Group reports to inform policy,” said Panmao Zhai in reaction to the announcement. 

The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report on the physical science basis of climate change was released on 9 August 2021. The Working Group II contribution that looks at impacts, adaptation, and vulnerabilities was launched on 28 February this year. The Working Group III contribution on the mitigation of climate change was released on 4 April 2022. 

“I am very glad that Panmao and I, together, can give a face to their extraordinary work to assess and communicate the state of knowledge for our changing climate, related risks, and options for action,” added Masson-Delmotte. 

The TIME100 list, now in its nineteenth year, recognizes the impact, innovation and
achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

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 estimating emissions and removals of greenhouse gases.

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.

GENEVA, May 5 – Former author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, has been named the 2022 World Food Prize Laureate for her pioneering work in modeling the impact of climate change on food production. Awarded by the World Food Prize Foundation, the $250,000 prize recognizes Rosenzweig’s achievements as the founder of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP). AgMIP is a globally integrated transdisciplinary network of climate and food system modelers. According to the announcement from the World Food Prize Foundation, AgMIP has directly helped decision-makers in more than 90 countries enhance their resilience to climate change.

“I am honoured to receive the World Food Prize this year, as food systems are emerging at the forefront of climate change action. Climate change cannot be restrained without attention to food system emissions, and food security for all cannot be provided without resilience to increasing climate extremes,” said Dr. Rosenzweig. “I salute the modelers around the world in AgMIP for their tireless work helping countries to achieve food security both now and in the future under changing climate conditions,” she added.

Cynthia Rosenzweig was one of the Coordinating Lead Authors of the food chapter on IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land. She has been involved in IPCC’s work since the First Assessment Report where she was a Contributing Author. She was a Lead Author on the Second and Third Assessment Reports, a Coordinating Lead Author on the Fourth Assessment Report and worked on that report’s Synthesis Report. She is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at the Columbia Climate School.

Barbara Stinson, President of the World Food Prize Foundation, announced the 2022 Laureate on 5 May during a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Department of State.  Rosenzweig will officially receive the World Food Prize at a ceremony in October 2022. 

GENEVA, May 5 – The IPCC has updated the website featuring the Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis. The site is accessible at https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg1/

The site provides access to the final PDF versions of the report chapters and annexes along with related materials. The report will be available in easy-to-read HTML format in the next version of the website. The report, which was approved and accepted by governments and published on 9 August 2021, has now undergone copy editing and layout as well as final checks and the implementation of corrections of errata submitted to the IPCC Error Protocol. Figures have been post-processed and the full report is now ready for print by Cambridge University Press.

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GENEVA, 25 Apr – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a four-day-long meeting of experts on Monday in Dublin, Ireland, to advance preparations of the Synthesis Report, the final product of its Sixth Assessment Cycle.

The Members of the Synthesis Report Core Writing Team are meeting from 25-28th April 2022 to continue drafting the Synthesis Report, which brings together the key findings of the three Working Group contributions to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and the Special Reports prepared by the IPCC in this assessment cycle.

The meeting follows the release of the three Working Group contributions to the Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis, by IPCC Working Group I in August 2021; Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, by Working Group II in February 2022; and Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change, by Working Group III in April 2022.

With the Synthesis Report, to be finalized in September 2022, the Sixth Assessment Report will provide policymakers with the most comprehensive assessment of scientific information related to climate change in the IPCC’s history. The previous IPCC assessment report was published in 2013/2014.

“The Synthesis Report will be vital to informing policymakers when they meet in Egypt for the next Conference of the Parties,” said IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee. “It will summarize the most authoritative assessment yet of climate change and give policymakers options for how to prevent and adapt to climate change.”

The meeting is the third official gathering of the Sixth Assessment Report Core Writing Team, and the first time that the Synthesis Report authors are meeting in person, having worked remotely from the start, over hundreds of virtual hours, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Synthesis Report underwent an internal review from 31 May to 25 July 2021. The authors then completed the First Order Draft of the Synthesis Report, which underwent a Government and Expert Review from 10 January to 20 March 2022. In this third official meeting, the authors are considering the 10,424 comments received on the First Order Draft from 360 reviewers.

The Synthesis Report will integrate the three most recent IPCC Special Reports on Global Warming of 1.5°C, Climate Change and Land, and The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, as well as the contents of the three Working Group contributions to the Sixth Assessment Report: Working Group I – The Physical Science Basis, Working Group II – Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, and Working Group III– Mitigation of Climate Change.

For more information contact:
IPCC Press Office, Email: ipcc-media@wmo.int
Andrej Mahecic, +41 22 730 8516, Werani Zabula, +41 22 730 8120

Technical Support of the AR6 Synthesis Report
Noëmie Leprince-Ringuet, Head, noemie.leprinceringuet@ipcc-syr.org

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, IPCC scientists volunteer their time 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 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.

The contributions of the three IPCC Working Groups to the Sixth Assessment Report are currently under preparation. The concluding Synthesis Report is due in 2022.

About the Synthesis Report

The agreed outline of the AR6 Synthesis Report can be found here (Decision 10, page 24). Information about the Core Writing Team is available here.

The Draft SYR Longer Report under preparation is composed of four sections – Introduction, Current Status and Trends, Long-Term Climate and Development Futures and Near-Term Responses in a Changing Climate. The Core Writing Team is also working on key messages that each section can deliver, and cross-section topics.

For more information please visit www.ipcc.ch.

The website includes outreach materials including videos about the IPCC and video recordings from outreach events  conducted as webinars or live-streamed events. 

Most videos published by the IPCC can be found on the IPCC YouTube channel.  

First Intervention

We have just heard an important message from United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

The IPCC report before us today is powerful evidence that we have the potential to mitigate climate change.

We are at a crossroads. This is the time for action. We have the tools and know-how required to limit warming and secure a liveable future. 

Today’s report marks the completion of the scientific trilogy. It is the last piece of the three IPCC Working Groups contributions to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

This report provides the most recent scientific knowledge for sound decision-making with unique information about all sectors to complement the regional aspects provided by Working Groups I and II.

It confirms that the IPCC is the authoritative scientific voice of the United Nations on climate change. IPCC is the unique interface between climate science and policy-making.

We will bring closure to the Sixth Assessment Cycle with the Synthesis Report this autumn.

With this, in the period between COP26 in Glasgow and COP27 in Egypt, the IPCC will have provided three vitally important and policy-relevant reports and the Synthesis Report, and will be presenting the findings of these reports, as mandated by last year’s COP in Glasgow. I’m confident that these will be central to the climate talks, decision-making and action on a global, regional and national level.  

Thank you.

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Second Intervention

The critically important Working Group III contribution assesses progress made in mitigation and options available for the future. Building on previous reports, it is looking at enabling conditions across sectors and systems in the aspects of the technological, environmental, economic and social dimensions.

The preceding IPCC reports are clear – human-induced climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying. It is a threat to our well-being and all other species.  It is a threat to the health of our entire planet. Any further delay in concerted global climate action will miss a rapidly closing window.

This is the report that gives us options. It offers strategies to tackle the critical questions of our time. How can we reduce greenhouse gas emissions? How can we sequester carbon? How can the buildings, transport, cities, agriculture, livestock, and energy sectors be more sustainable?

This report also tells us the status of global emissions. It shows clearly that we are slipping from a trajectory to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

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