IPCC to Mark 30th Anniversary in Paris
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The IPCC’s 30th anniversary commemoration will look back at the 30 years of the IPCC, climate change science and policy, and look forward to the future.

The Panel is expected to deal with as much of its business as possible for 2018 so that the October IPCC session can focus on approval of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.

8 March 2018: The 47th plenary session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 47) will meet from 13-16 March in Paris, France, at the headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The year 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the IPCC, and the French Government is organizing a commemoration ceremony on 13 March, following the formal opening session of IPCC 47.

The commemoration is expected to look back at the 30 years of the IPCC, climate change science and policy, and look forward to the future.

IPCC 47 will hear reports on progress being made on SR15, SRCCL, SROCC and ‘2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.’

During IPCC 47, the Panel is expected to deal with as much of its business as possible for 2018, so that the October IPCC session will be able to focus on the approval of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15).

IPCC 47 will address, among other things:

  • the budget and the financial stability of the IPCC, and efforts and strategies to mobilize more resources for the Panel;
  • gender, including how to ensure more gender balance in the selection of report authors;
  • how to enhance the role of developing countries in the IPCC’s work;
  • the future of the Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA), which helps the IPCC share climate data and scenarios among climate scientists;
  • aligning the IPCC’s work with the global stocktake (GST) under the Paris Agreement on climate change; and
  • the selection of authors and review editors for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

In addition to SR15, the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL), the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) and a methodology report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories are being produced as part of the sixth assessment cycle. IPCC 47 will hear reports on progress being made on SR15, SRCCL, SROCC and ‘2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.’ [IPCC 47 Provisional Agenda] [IPCC 47 Documentation] [IISD RS Event Coverage Webpage]


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