HSH Prince AlbertII of Monaco, with IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee
Welcoming participants to IPCC-51 on Friday morning, 20 September, IPCC Secretary Abdalah Mokssit thanked the Government of Monaco and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation for their generous financial and scientific support to the IPCC, including to the IPCC Scholarship Programme for young developing country scientists, and encouraged other delegations to follow Monaco’s example.
IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee said that the IPCC Special Reports completed during the 2018-2019 period will galvanize action at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on 23 September and at the 25th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 25) in December.
WMO Deputy Secretary-General Elena Manaenkova highlighted the WMO’s ocean- and cryosphere-related work, including establishment of the Global Cryosphere Watch and a new regional climate center in Antarctica.
Florin Vladu, Manager, Adaptation Programme, UNFCCC, noted that the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) will inform and support the next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), 60% of which he said already include reference to ocean-related adaptation and mitigation actions.
Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), giving the first statement by IPBES to the IPCC, said that properly managed ecosystems can contribute to climate mitigation, underscoring the need to jointly address climate change and biodiversity.
Andrés Couve Correa, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Chile, underscored shared knowledge and coordinated action to address climate change. Referring to COP-25 as “the Blue COP,” which will be held in Santiago, Chile, in December, he highlighted the relevance of the SROCC for COP 25.
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco highlighted political obstacles to taking action on climate change, including those related to the pursuit of selfish short-term interests. Quoting oceanographer Sylvia Earle, he said that “it is the worst of times but also the best of times, because we still have a chance.”
The second Joint Session of Working Groups I and II then convened to begin consideration of the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the SROCC.
The Government of Monaco and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation hosted a reception at the at Monaco's Oceanographic Museum on Thursday evening, 19 September.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and a summary and analysis from IPCC-51.
Andrés Couve Correa, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Chile
View of the dais during the opening session
Elena Manaenkova, Deputy Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization
Abdalah Mokssit, IPCC Secretary
Jian Liu, UN Environment (UNEP) Chief Scientist
Florin Vladu, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat
Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie
IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee
From L-R: WG II Co-Chair Debra Roberts; WG II Co-Chair Hans-Otto Pörtner; WG I Co-Chair Panmao Zhai; and WG I Co-Chair Valérie Masson-Delmotte
Laird Shutt, Canada
Éric Brun, France
WG I and II Co-Chairs and Technical Support Unit (TSU) members conferring with Lead Authors
Anna Pirani, WG I Technical Support Unit, with WG I Co-Chair Panmao Zhai
WG II Vice-Chair Sergey Semenov, Russian Federation, and WG I Vice-Chair Gregory Flato
View of the dais during the afternoon session
Participants conferring during a break
Jolene Cook, UK
Group photo of the Norwegian delegation
Reception at the Oceanographic Museum
Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Minister of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, Monaco
IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee, HSH Prince AlbertII of Monaco, and HE Bernard Fautrier, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
HSH Prince AlbertII of Monaco, awarding an IPCC scholarship to a researcher
IPCC Vice-Chairs Ko Barrett and Youba Sokona
Group photo after the IPCC Scholarship Programme awards
HE Bernard Fautrier, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
From L-R: Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Minister of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, Monaco; HSH Prince AlbertII of Monaco; Marie-Christine Marghem, Federal Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Belgium; and Andrés Couve Correa, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Chile
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