WG Co-Chairs celebrating the adoption of the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15)
The 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-48) convened from 1-6 October 2018 in Incheon, Republic of Korea, and adopted the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15). Although the meeting was initially scheduled to end on 5 October, delegates ended up working through the night to agree line-by-line to the SPM in the first Joint Session of Working Groups I, II and III, which then forwarded the SPM to the Panel for acceptance.
The SR15 SPM includes four sections:
Understanding Global Warming of 1.5°C;
Projected Climate Change, Potential Impacts and Associated Risks;
Emission Pathways and System Transitions Consistent with 1.5°C Global Warming; and
Strengthening the Global Response in the Context of Sustainable Development and Efforts to Eradicate Poverty.
IPCC-48 also adopted decisions on the IPCC Scholarship Programme and on the Ad Hoc Task Group on Financial Stability.
IPCC-49 will convene in May 2019 in Kyoto, Japan, to approve the 2019 Refinement of the 2006 Guidelines on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.
During the closing plenary, IPCC Chair Lee thanked all those who had contributed to the “keenly awaited” SR15 and its SPM. He said governments could start to use the Summary immediately, including at the Talanoa Dialogue during the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 24).
Chair Lee gaveled the meeting to a close on Saturday at 3:41 pm.
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) meeting coverage, is providing daily web coverage, as well as a summary and analysis from IPCC-48.
Tom Kram and Marcel Berk, the Netherlands, consulting with Working Group III Vice-Chair Andy Reisinger (middle), New Zealand, whose tie is color-coded from blue to red, to show how the planet has warmed since the late 1800s
The Joint Session of Working Groups I, II and III met throughout the day to consider the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15).
Participants listening to the opening remarks from President Moon Jae-in, Republic of Korea
The 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-48) opened on Monday, 1 October, with a statement from IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee, who welcomed delegates to “one of the most important meetings in IPCC history.”
He highlighted the first-ever joint meeting of the Panel’s three Working Groups (WGs), which will consider, line-by-line, the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) for the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C (SR15).
Speaking via video, President Moon Jae-in, Republic of Korea, recognized the IPCC’s contributions to reinforcing global action to safeguard environmental justice and democracy through its scientific endeavors. Elena Manaenkova, Deputy Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), noted the increasing influence of the IPCC and the WMO.
Jian Liu, Chief Scientist, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), praised the IPCC for its efforts to transform itself to more directly provide a scientific basis for climate action. Youssef Nassef, Director, Adaptation Programme, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), explained the report’s relevance to UNFCCC processes, including the transparency framework and the global stocktake (GST).
Kim Eunkyung, Minister of Environment, Republic of Korea, noted the SR15 would provide a “stepping stone” towards achieving the Paris Agreement’s long-term goal.
The Panel then heard reports from the Ad Hoc Task Group on Finance (ATG-Finance) , as well as progress reports on:
the International Conference on Climate Change and Cities;
the Expert Meeting on Assessing Climate Information for Regions;
the Expert Meeting on Short-Lived Climate Forcers; and
the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI).
In the afternoon, the first Joint Meeting of Working Groups I, II and III met to begin consideration of SR15.
Delegates attended a reception hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea in the evening.
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