Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change

What is the IPCC?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change.

The IPCC is an intergovernmental body and focuses on the science-policy interface, i.e. handing over scientific information so that it can underpin government decisions on how to address climate change.

It is open to all member countries of the United Nations (UN) and WMO.

Reports are written by scientists drawn from around the world based on their expertise and geographical balance. 

Governments participate in the review process and the plenary Sessions, where main decisions about the IPCC work programme are taken and reports are accepted, adopted and approved.

The IPCC provides guidelines and best practice advice on preparing greenhouse gas emissions inventories through its Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.

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What is the IPCC  Bureau?

The IPCC Bureau consists of the IPCC Chair, three IPCC Vice Chairs, Co-Chairs of the three Working Groups and the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories and 6-8 members of each of the three Working Group Bureaus. The Bureau is chaired by the IPCC Chair (recently elected Dr Hoesung Lee from the Republic of Korea). The Bureau’s work is supported by the IPCC Secretariat based in Geneva.

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IPCC AR6 Special Reports

During the next five years, the IPCC will publish several major reports of relevance to livestock greenhouse gas emissions.

The table specifies the IPCC reports and the cut-off date for publications to be considered by the IPCC in preparing its reports.

Due Title / scope Indicative cut-off date for publications to be considered in producing the IPCC report
Sept 2018 Global Warming of 1.5°C: an IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above preindustrial 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 • Submitted to scientific journal or available as draft technical
report – by 1 November 2017
• Accepted by scientific journal or published as technical report –
by 15 May 2018
May 2019 Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories • Submitted to scientific journal or available as draft technical
report – by March 2018
• Accepted by scientific journal or published as technical report –
by June 2018
Sept 2019 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
• Submitted to scientific journal or available as draft technical
report – by September 2018
• Accepted by scientific journal or published as technical report – by February 2019


 The full IPCC 6th Assessment Report, covers:

  • Physical science basis of climate change (Working Group I) -- April 2021 
  • Mitigation of climate change (Working Group III) -- July 2021
    • Submitted to scientific journal or available as draft technical report by April 2020
    • Accepted by scientific journal or published as technical report by October 2020
  • Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability to climate change (Working Group II) -- October 2021
  • Synthesis across the three Working Groups and Special Reports -- April 2022

 

More information at http://www.ipcc.ch/activities/activities.shtml


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