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.
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.
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