GENEVA, Aug 11 – Experts in the fields of climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability
will meet virtually from 17 to 28 August 2020 to advance work on the contribution
of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to
the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).
Adapting to the
challenges of a world of lockdowns and social distancing, up to 300 scientists
and experts from around the world will come together online for two weeks to continue
their work on the Second Order Draft of the Working Group II Assessment Report.
The Working Group II
contribution to AR6 will cover the impacts of climate change on human and
natural systems, their vulnerabilities and the capacities they have to adapt to
climate change. It will also cover options for creating a sustainable future
for all through an equitable and integrated approach to adaptation efforts at
all scales, linking to the assessment of climate mitigation options by Working Group
with the climate crisis, its impacts on humans and societies, and on ecosystems
and biodiversity as well as minimizing such impacts, including future pandemics
and biodiversity loss, have become central topics of integration across
chapters in the Working Group II report,” said
Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II.
The aim of the planned virtual meetings is to ensure coherence across the entire
report and to facilitate such coordination across chapters so that all report
objectives are met. Despite
the enormous challenges authors and scientists are facing in the current
COVID-19 crisis, work on the Second Order
Draft continues, he said.
“During these uncertain times, there is increasing public
interest in the forthcoming IPCC Assessment Report, and growing anticipation.
COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of an evidence-led response to global
challenges. Given that climate change is one of the most significant global
challenges we face this century, it is critical that the IPCC continues to
provide the scientific evidence to inform bold and ambitious climate action,” said Debra Roberts, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II.
“We want to thank our authors for their commitment and dedication, and
for ensuring that the work on the WG II report continues during this difficult
time,” she said.
Order Draft of the Working Group II Report will be open for Government and Expert
Review from 4 December 2020 to 29 January 2021, along with the first drafts of
the Summary for Policymakers and Technical Summary. The Fourth
Lead Author Meeting to prepare the final draft is currently scheduled for March
The intention is to release the Reports
of the three Working Groups and the Synthesis Report in time to inform the 2023
Global Stocktake by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC), when countries will review progress towards the Paris Agreement goals,
including the goal of keeping global warming to well below 2°C while pursuing
efforts to limit it to 1.5°C.
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Working Group II Technical Support Unit
Sina Löschke, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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IPCC Press Office Jonathan Lynn, +41 22 730 8066, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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About the IPCC
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 I, 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.
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
About the Sixth Assessment Cycle
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.
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.
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
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.
For more information visit www.ipcc.ch.