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8th Session of WG-III and 24th Session 
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 Highlights for Tuesday, 27 September 2005

The 24th session of the IPCC met for a second day on Tuesday. In the morning, delegates considered further work on aerosols, revision of the IPCC Bureau and Task Force Bureau election procedures, and emission scenarios. In the afternoon, delegates considered emission scenarios and outreach. The Financial Task Team also met to continue discussions of the IPCC programme and budget for 2006-08, and a contact group on election procedures also convened.

Above photo L-R: Arlene Aaron (Trinidad and Tobago), Jacqueline Spencer (Jamaica), Mduduzi Sunshine Gamedze (Swaziland), Ann Josephine Gordon (Belize), and Judith Ephraim (Saint Lucia)


On the proposal of the NGGIP Task Force to hold a follow-up meeting on Emission Estimation of Aerosols Relevant to Climate Change, WG I Co-Chair Susan Solomon (US) (above) noted concerns, including: avoiding overlap with the work of WG I; ensuring that the NGGIP works within its mandate and that of the IPCC; and insufficient scientific knowledge for the development of methodologies on aerosols.

NEW ZEALAND with AUSTRIA and HUNGARY, and opposed by the RUSSIAN FEDERATION, said the IPCC should defer consideration of further work on aerosols until completion of the AR4. 

Above photo:
Yuri Izrael (The Russian Federation)

The UK, with ARGENTINA and the US, suggested that the IPCC should “have a story” on aerosols, even if that story is the postponement of further work until after the AR4. 

Above photo L-R: Adolfo Rosellini and Osvaldo Canziani (Argentina)

NGGIP Task Force Co-Chair Taka Hiraishi (Japan) (above) said the NGGIP Task Force did not intend to include aerosols in the 2006 Guidelines, or to prepare a research programme on aerosols. Rather it wished to consider how its expertise could assist others with research.


On definitions, discussion centered on whether Bureau members are countries or persons, with SWITZERLAND and the RUSSIAN FEDERATION favoring reference to countries, while HUNGARY , CANADA , BELGIUM , the NETHERLANDS and SLOVENIA supported reference to persons.

Above photo: José Romero (Switzerland)

SWITZERLAND, with HUNGARY, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND, SPAIN and KENYA, and opposed by CHINA, stressed the need for flexibility organizing the IPCC Bureau and opposed a reference to Annex C in the definition of the IPCC Bureau, since it would overprescribe the Bureau’s actions.

Above photo: Tibor Farago (Hungary)

The US, NEW ZEALAND and CANADA , supported the right of an IPCC member to “withdraw support” for a national serving as Bureau member while retaining the right to nominate a replacement to the IPCC Region.

Above photo L-R: David Wratt and Andy Reisinger (New Zealand)

Above photo L-R: Concepción Martínez-Lope (Spain); Klaus Radunsky (Austria) and Xiaosu Dai (China)

Above photos: L-R: View of the evening session of the Contact group on election procedures;  Renate Christ, IPCC Secretary and Co-Chairs David Warrilow and Richard Odingo.


Renate Christ, IPCC Secretariat, presented the Progress Report on Outreach Activities and a consultancy report entitled Framework Communications Strategy for Release and Dissemination of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. 

Above photo L-R:
Renate Christ, IPCC Secretary and Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chair

The NETHERLANDS, with support from many others, cited the need to engage developing countries. 

Above photo: Koos Verbeek (The Netherlands)

UGANDA and NIGERIA added that non-electronic forms of communication should be used when distributing documents to many developing countries. 

Above photo:
Stephen Magezi (Uganda)

In response to comments by SWEDEN and FINLAND on their translation of IPCC documents into their own languages, IPCC urged countries to share such translations with the Secretariat.

Above photo L-R:
Marianne Lillieskold (Sweden)

CANADA, with ARGENTINA, FRANCE and others, stressed the need for the IPCC to use international events to disseminate information, and for individual governments to disseminate information internally. 

Above photo L-R: Tana Lowen Stratton and Marc Denis Everell (Canada)

The US, with SWITZERLAND and ARGENTINA, cautioned about ensuring that outreach activities do not become marketing, as that would go beyond the role of the IPCC. 

Above photo L-R: Dina Kruger and Trigg Talley (US)

FRANCE, BELGIUM, and IPCC Chair Pauchuri spoke against the release of any products prior to IPCC approval. 

Above photo: Michel Petit (France)





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