The change to the target date for completion of the Synthesis Report dominated discussions on Thursday morning, with delegates asking for more information about the impacts of this, the timeline for finishing the work, and lessons to be learned for the next cycle. The report, which was originally scheduled to be approved at the 57th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-57), has been rescheduled for approval in March 2023, meaning it will not be available to the climate policymakers who convene in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, for the 27th meeting of the Conferences of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 27) in November 2022.
Delegates discussed related issues under an agenda item entitled Transition to the Next Assessment Cycle and Related Matters, including lessons learned, timing of elections, and length of the next cycle.
Additionally, delegates heard progress reports from Working Group III on its contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report and from the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.
Delegates met in back-to-back contact groups on Wednesday night. The first convened to discuss the size, structure and composition of the IPCC Bureau and any task force bureau for the seventh assessment cycle. The second contact group focused on the transition to the next assessment cycle and related matters.
The IPCC will reconvene on Friday for the final day of its session.