Highlights for Saturday, 6 October 2018
The 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-48) concluded on 6 October 2018 in Incheon, Republic of Korea, after adopting the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15). Although the meeting was initially scheduled to end on 5 October, delegates ended up working through the night to agree line-by-line to the SPM in the first Joint Session of Working Groups I, II and III, which then forwarded the SPM to the Panel for acceptance. The SR15 SPM includes four sections:
- Understanding Global Warming of 1.5°C;
- Projected Climate Change, Potential Impacts and Associated Risks;
- Emission Pathways and System Transitions Consistent with 1.5°C Global Warming; and
- Strengthening the Global Response in the Context of Sustainable Development and Efforts to Eradicate Poverty.
Through the adoption of the SPM, and acceptance of the underlying report, the IPCC responds to a 2015 decision of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which invited the Panel to provide a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas (GHG) emission pathways. In addition to the SPM, IPCC-48 also adopted decisions on the IPCC Scholarship Programme and on the Ad Hoc Task Group on Financial Stability. IPCC-49 will convene in May 2019 in Kyoto, Japan, to approve the 2019 Refinement of the 2006 Guidelines on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. During the closing plenary, IPCC Chair Lee thanked all those who had contributed to the “keenly awaited” SR15 and its SPM. He said governments could start to use the Summary immediately, including at the Talanoa Dialogue during UNFCCC COP 24. Chair Lee gaveled the meeting to a close on Saturday at 3:41 pm.
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