The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) completed its elections early on Saturday morning, filling leadership roles across the three Working Groups and constituting the Task Force Bureau on Greenhouse Gas Inventories. The 59th session of the IPCC was dedicated to this initial step in the seventh assessment cycle, and delegates worked into the night on the final day of the meeting to carry out this time-consuming but essential process.
IPCC-59 represented the final session chaired by Professor Hoesung Lee (South Korea); newly elected IPCC Chair Jim Skea (United Kingdom) will take the reins from this point forward. On Saturday, Chair Skea will chair a joint meeting of the outgoing and new bureaux, with the aim of ensuring a smooth transition to the seventh assessment cycle. While the date of the next Panel session is yet to be confirmed, it is expected that the IPCC will reconvene in November 2023.