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8th Session of WG-III and 24th Session 
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 Highlights for Monday, 26 September 2005

The twenty-fourth session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-24) opened on Monday, 26 September, in Montreal, Canada. In the morning, delegates heard opening addresses, adopted the IPCC-23 draft report, approved the actions of WGIII-8 on the Special Report on Carbon Capture and Storage, and commenced discussions on the IPCC programme and budget for 2006-08. In the afternoon, delegates heard progress reports on: the activities of Working Groups I, II and II; the AR4 Synthesis Report; the Task Group on Data and Scenarios Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA), and the National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme (NGGIP). Delegates also commenced discussion of the election procedures for the IPCC and Task Force Bureaus. A Financial Task Team met at lunch time to consider the IPCC programme and budget for 2006-08. 

Above photo L-R: The dais during the opening session with Haldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC, Klaus Töpfer,  Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Stéphane Dion, Environment Minister of Canada, Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chair, Hong  Yan, Deputy Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organisation, and Renate Christ, IPCC Secretary.


Stéphane Dion, Environment Minister of Canada, outlined Canada’s preparations for COP 11/COP-MOP 1, stressing the importance of issues such as adaptation, carbon markets, and technology, to a successful outcome.

IPCC Chair Pachauri presented the key work to be completed at this meeting, including elections of the IPCC and Task Force Bureau, and stated that work on the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) is at a critical juncture.

Klaus Töpfer, UNEP Executive Director, highlighted the importance of the CCS Special Report, noting that CCS has an important to play in addressing climate change.

Hong Yan, WMO Deputy Secretary-General, highlighted the importance of the recent IPCC/TEAP Special Report on Safeguarding the Ozone Layer and the Global Climate System, and encouraged IPCC to work with WMO members to disseminate it.

Haldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC, emphasized the relevance of the CCS Special Report, the Special Report on the Ozone Layer, and the AR4 to policy making, and stressed the importance of effective and balanced outreach activities in this regard.

The NETHERLANDS noted that outreach discussions could have budgetary implications, while Chair Pachauri said a Financial Task Team would be established on the programme and budget to continue work throughout the meeting. 

Above photo: Ronald Flipphi (The Netherlands)


IPCC Secretary Renate Christ presented the IPCC Programme and Budget for 2006-2008, highlighting that the annual rate of contributions for recent years was around, or slightly above, annual expenditures, but below the annual budget approved by the Panel.


Working Group III Co-Chair Ogunlade Davidson (Sierra Leone) introduced the Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) of the CCS Special Report and the Adjustments to the Technical Summary and Chapters for consistency with the approved SPM. WG III Co-Chair Bert Metz (The Netherlands) highlighted that the constructive contributions of WGIII-8 delegates had improved the SPM. IPCC-24 delegates approved the CCS Special Report.

THE GAMBIA supported GERMANY's proposal for the development of a special report on renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, and inclusion of this issue on the agenda for IPCC-25. 

Above photo: Bernard Gomez (The Gambia)

Bill Hare, Greenpeace, emphasized the relevance of an IPCC special report on renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies now that the CCS Special Report is finished.

Above photo: Bill Hare (Greenpeace)

AUSTRALIA, the UK, and the NETHERLANDS suggested that the timing and substance of the AR4 mean that it is not appropriate to consider a report on renewable energies and energy efficiency at this time. 

Above photo L-R: Spencer Edwards, Ian Carruthers, and Geoff Love (Australia)


Susan Solomon (US), Working Group I Co-Chair, noted that the IPCC Ozone Special Report is now in the printer and that the Uncertainty Guidance Note for authors is available on the IPCC website.  

Osvaldo Canziani (Argentina), Working Group II Co-Chair, said progress included the submission of the WG II first order draft and the commencement of its expert review, and the initial drafting of the Technical Summary and the Summary for Policymakers.

Bert Metz (the Netherlands), Working Group III Co-Chair, presented the WG III progress report, noting that the CCS Special Report should be ready by the end of 2005. 

Richard Moss (US), TGICA Co-Chair highlighted the problems posed by lack of data in specific regions or sectors, and by the need for training and capacity building in developing countries. 

Taka Hiraishi
(Japan), Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Co-Chair, presented on both the progress report on the 2006 Guidelines and Emission Factors Database, and on further work on aerosols.


David Warrilow ( United Kingdom ) and Richard Odingo ( Kenya ), co-chaired the discussions on election procedures for the election of the IPCC Bureau and Task Force Bureau. IPCC Secretary Christ introduced and explained the draft document, to be discussed line-by-line. After requests from several delegates for copies of the revised text, the discussion was postponed until Tuesday.

Right photo L-R: Co-Chairs David Warrilow ( United Kingdom ) and Richard Odingo ( Kenya ) on election procedures.


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