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47th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-47)

13-16 March 2018 | Headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France

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The Symbolic Globe and the Eiffel Tower as seen from the UNESCO Headquarters

30 years of the IPCC

Highlights for Friday, 16 March 2018

Working Group I Vice-Chair Edvin Aldrian, Indonesia, and Working Group II Vice-Chair Andreas Fischlin, Switzerland

IPCC-47 concluded its work on Friday and adopted decisions on, inter alia:

  • The report of the Ad Hoc Task Force on the Future of the Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (ATF-TGICA);
  • Participation of developing countries in IPCC activities;
  • Gender;
  • The Scholarship Programme; and
  • Αligning the work of the IPCC with the needs of the global stocktake under the Paris Agreement.

IPCC-47 closed at approximately 4:40pm.

More detail about the discussions leading to the decisions will be included in the ENB summary report, which will be published on Monday, 19 March 2018.

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View of the dais during the contact group on alignment

Mariane Diop-Kane, Senegal

Christiane Textor, Germany

Éric Brun, France, and Oksana Ekzarkho, IPCC Secretariat

María Amparo Martínez Arroyo, Mexico, and Éric Brun, France

Delegates from the Saudi Arabia and US delegations consulting

Working Group I Vice-Chair Noureddine Yassaa and Mouna Yousfi, Algeria

Jolene Cook, UK

Working Group III Vice-Chair Ramón Pichs-Madruga, Cuba

Rob van Dorland, the Netherlands, and Andrew Ferrone, Luxembourg

Trigg Talley, US, and Jolene Cook, UK

Highlights for Thursday, 15 March 2018

IPCC Vice-Chair Ko Barrett, IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee, and IPCC Secretary Abdalah Mokssit

IPCC-47 resumed its work on Thursday, and addressed, inter alia:

  • Aligning the work of the IPCC with the needs of the Global Stocktake (GST) under the Paris Agreement;
  • Report of the Conflict of Interest Committee;
  • Review of the principles governing IPCC work;
  • Gender;
  • Report of the Ad Hoc Task Force on the Future of the Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (ATF-TGICA);
  • Participation of developing countries in IPCC activities; and
  • Matters related to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other international bodies.

A contact group was established and met to discuss the proposed task group and Terms of Reference on alignment of work of the IPCC with the GST. The Financial Task Team and a contact group on gender met during the day, and informal consultations took place on the IPCC Scholarship Programme.

More detail about these discussions will be included in the ENB Summary report, which will be published on Monday, 19 March 2018.

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Working Group I Vice-Chair Edvin Aldrian, Indonesia

Working Group II Vice-Chair Andreas Fischlin

From L-R: IPCC Vice-Chair Youba Sokona; IPCC Vice-Chair Ko Barrett; and IPCC Vice-Chair Thelma Krug

Oksana Ekzarkho, IPCC Secretariat

Abdalah Mokssit, IPCC Secretary

From L-R: Hoesung Lee, IPCC Chair; Kerstin Stendahl, IPCC Deputy Secretary; and Taha Zatari, Saudi Arabia

Frank McGovern, Ireland

Sheida Asgharzadeh Ghahroudi, Iran

Christian Müller, Germany

Laird Shutt, Canada

From L-R: Taha Zatari, Saudi Arabia; Hamoud Al-Otaibi, Saudi Arabia; and Abdelrahman Al-Gwaiz, Saudi Arabia

Delegates from the EU consulting

Highlights for Wednesday, 14 March 2018

IPCC-47 resumed its work on Wednesday. Following the adoption of the provisional agenda and the draft report of IPCC-46 as presented, the Panel discussed the following agenda items:

  • IPCC Trust Fund Programme and Budget;
  • Ad Hoc Task Group on Financial Stability;
  • IPCC Scholarship Programme;
  • Report by the WG Bureaux on the Selection of Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors for the AR6;
  • AR6 Outline Matters for Consideration; and
  • Progress Reports.

The Panel heard progress reports on the:

  • Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C;
  • Special Report on Land and Climate Change;
  • Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate;
  • Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories;
  • Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis; and
  • Communication and Outreach Activities.

ATG-Finance and the Financial Task Team also met during the day.

More detail about these discussions will be included in the ENB Summary report, which will be published on Monday, 19 March 2018.

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Khalid Abuleif and Ayman Shasly, Saudi Arabia

Abdallah Nassif, Morocco

Jolene Cook, UK

Andrew Ferrone, Luxembourg

IPCC Vice-Chair Ko Barrett

IPCC Vice-Chair Thelma Krug

IPCC Vice-Chair Ko Barrett, US, with Task Force Bureau Co-Chair, Kiyoto Tanabe, Japan

Working Group II Vice-Chair Andreas Fischlin, Switzerland, with Rosa Ana González, Ecuador

Abdalah Mokssit, IPCC Secretary, and Elhousseine Gouaini, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Working Group III Co-Chair Priyadarshi Shukla, India

Lindsey Fielder Cook, Friends World Committee for Consultation

Highlights for Tuesday, 13 March 2018

On Tuesday, 13 March, IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee opened IPCC-47. Following his remarks, statements were made by:

  • Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UN Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), who emphasized UNESCO’s work on global citizenship in order to tackle problems that countries cannot solve individually, such as global environmental issues;
  • Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), who encouraged government representatives to foster relationships with atmospheric scientists and meteorologists;
  • Anne Le More, Chief of Staff, UN Environment (UNEP), who praised the IPCC for its crucial role in delivering climate science to facilitate policy responses;
  • Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), who highlighted the IPCC’s future role in, inter alia, the adoption of an “operating manual” for the Paris Agreement, driving ambition by informing the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue, and aligning climate action with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Frédérique Vidal, French Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, who highlighted the IPCC’s ability to universalize thinking on climate change by incorporating a diversity of countries, disciplines, gender and sciences; and
  • Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, who announced an additional €1 million annual contribution to the IPCC.

IPCC-47 was then suspended until Wednesday morning. A 30th anniversary celebration of the IPCC, hosted by the French government, convened for the rest of the day and included various statements, panel discussions and video presentations.

The morning session discussed the origins and history of the IPCC, including:

  • a historical review of climate science milestones since the 18th century; and
  • the political, diplomatic and scientific context during and since the 1988 creation of the IPCC.

In the afternoon, panel discussions addressed, inter alia:

  • decisions, tensions, failures, successes and dialogue between science and politics on environmental issues from 1988 to 2018;
  • IPCC reports and how the IPCC’s message has become more refined over time;
  • the impacts of the IPCC on climate science; and
  • education and research.

Throughout the day, the eParticipatory Observers Project (ePop) presented videos filmed in New Caledonia and Fiji. The ePop network brings together young people from Pacific islands, and emphasizes citizen observation and exchange of information on climate and environmental changes that impact island populations in order to produce video reports. The videos can be viewed at https://epop.network/.

More detail about the opening of IPCC-47 and the 30th Anniversary Celebration will be included in the ENB Summary report, which will be published on Monday, 19 March 2018.

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Hoesung Lee, IPCC Chair

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO

Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, France

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, WMO

Anne Le More, Chief of Staff, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, France

Taha Zatari, Saudi Arabia, speaking with members of his delegation

Anne Poelina, Charles Darwin University

Nicolas Hulot, French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition

Around the venue

A view of the Eiffel Tower from the UNESCO Headquarters

Spiral, by Alexander Calder

Reclining Figure, by Henry Moore

Study for Wind Comb, by Eduardo Chillida


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