Highlights and images for 19 March 2023

Interlaken, Switzerland

Sunday morning brought a moment of celebration at the 58th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as delegates concluded their review of the Summary for Policymakers of the synthesis of the Sixth Assessment Report. After a week of negotiations, which went two full days past the scheduled conclusion and involved round-the-clock deliberations, applause erupted when delegates provisionally approved the final line of text. Delegates gave a standing ovation to IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee, the IPCC Secretariat, and the authors, expressing appreciation for their work and central contributions to the IPCC’s outputs during the sixth assessment cycle.

The work of IPCC-58 was not done, however. Delegates reconvened in plenary at 1:00 pm to review and adopt the Synthesis Report. Following repeated delays, delegates initiated this work in the late afternoon. They reviewed the report page by page before adopting it and formally approving the Summary for Policymakers in the early evening.

In their closing remarks, many delegates welcomed the Sixth Assessment Report and highlighted the importance of the Panel’s work to provide policymakers with key inputs on the state of knowledge on climate change.

Highlighting that this approval marks the culmination of the sixth assessment cycle, Chair Lee thanked participants for their unshakeable commitment and tireless work. He gaveled IPCC-58 to a close at 7:35 pm.

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