22nd Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

9-11 November, 2004 | New Delhi
, India

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The 22nd Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

During the 22nd Session of the IPCC, delegates are expected to approve the draft report of the 21st Session of the IPCC, as well as hear progress reports on: Working Group contributions to the AR4; the Special Report on Safeguarding the Ozone Layer and the Global Climate System: issues related to Hydrofluorocarbons and Perfluorocarbons; the Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage; the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories; and the Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA). Delegates will also discuss, inter alia, scope, content and process for an AR4 Synthesis Report; AR4 Products, Outreach, and IPCC Programme and Budget for 2005 to 2008.

A Brief Introduction to the IPCC

Mandate and Membership of the IPCC

Recognizing the problem of potential global climate change, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988. It is open to all members of the UN and WMO.

The role of the IPCC is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. The IPCC does not carry out research nor does it monitor climate related data or other relevant parameters. It bases its assessment mainly on peer reviewed and published scientific/technical literature. Its role, organisation, participation and general procedures are laid down in the " Principles Governing IPCC Work "

Organizational Structure

The IPCC has three Working Groups and a Task Force

  • Working Group I assesses the scientific aspects of the climate system and climate change.

  • Working Group II assesses the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, negative and positive consequences of climate change, and options for adapting to it.

  • Working Group III assesses options for limiting greenhouse gas emissions and otherwise mitigating climate change.

  • The Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories is responsible for the IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme.

The Panel meets in plenary sessions about once a year. It accepts/approves/adopts IPCC reports, decides on the mandates and work plans of the Working Groups and the Task Force, the structure and outlines of its reports, the IPCC Principles and Procedures, and the budget. The Panel also elects the IPCC Chair, the IPCC Bureau and the Bureau of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. The IPCC Bureau meets two to three times per year and assists the IPCC Chair in planning, co-ordinating and monitoring progress in the work of the IPCC.

The IPCC is managed by the IPCC Secretariat, which is hosted by WMO in Geneva and supported by UNEP and WMO. In addition each Working Group and the Task Force has a Technical Support Unit. These Technical Support Units are supported by the government of the developed country co-chair of that Working Group or Task Force and hosted by a research institution in that country. A number of other institutions provide in kind support for IPCC activities.


IPCC homepage and meeting documents for the 22nd session of the IPCC
National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme
IPCC Working Group I: The Physical Basis of Climate Change
IPCC Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
IPCC Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change
The IPCC Data Distribution Center
ENB coverage of climate change meetings, including COP-9
ENB coverage of IPCC 18th Plenary session
UNFCCC homepage



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