Highlights and images of main proceedings for 8 May 2019

Japan

Summary

Highlights for Wednesday, 8 May 2019

The IPCC-49 met in Kyoto consider an update and refinement to the 2006 Guidelines for National GHG Inventories.

The 49th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-49) opened on 8 May 2019 in Kyoto, Japan. Hoesung Lee, IPCC Chair, welcomed the expected approval of the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 Guidelines on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, noting that this will ensure that the methodology used to determine national inventories is based on the latest science. Via video, Yoshiaki Harada, Minister of Environment, Japan, noted Japan’s goal of creating a model of a “virtuous cycle” for environment and growth, while ensuring quality of life and sustainable society. Jian Liu, Chief Scientist, UNEP, thanked Japan for its leadership on combating climate change, noting the importance of the City of Kyoto as the birthplace of the Kyoto Protocol. Florin Vladu, UNFCCC Secretariat, emphasized the importance of the 2019 Guidelines to enhance transparency and trust in multilateralism. During the day, the IPCC discussed:

  • the IPCC Trust Fund Programme and Budget;
  • the report of the IPCC Task Group on Gender;
  • a progress report on the Task Group on the Organization of the Future Work of the IPCC in light of the Global Stocktake; and
  • the Overview Chapter of the 2019 Refinement.
  • In the evening, participants attended a cultural event and reception hosted by the Government of Japan.

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    Opening Ceremony

    Hoesung Lee, IPCC Chair, giving opening remarks

    Hoesung Lee, IPCC Chair, making an opening statement
    View of the dais during the opening remarks by Hoesung Lee, IPCC Chair
    Daisaku Kadokawa, Mayor of Kyoto City
    Jian Liu, Chief Scientist, UN Environment
    Participants listening to the opening remarks from Yoshiaki Harada, Minister of Environment, Japan
    Morning Session

    View of the room during the morning session
    Ladislaus Chang'a, Tanzania
    Øyvind Christophersen, Norway
    Markku Rummukainen, Patricia Nying'uro and Diana Liverman giving presentations on gender balance in the IPCC
    Olivier Fontan, France
    Jolene Cook, UK

    The dais during XXX
    Éric Brun, France, presenting on the Organization of the Future Work of the IPCC in light of the Global Stocktake
    Working Group II Vice-Chair Sergey Semenov, Russian Federation
    Paul Hebert Oquist Kelley, Nicaragua
    Afternoon Session
    Eduardo Calvo Buendía, TFI Co-Chair
    Kiyoto Tanabe, TFI Co-Chair
    Ayman Shasly, Saudi Arabia
    Thiagarajan Jayaraman, India
    Chris Dragisic, the US
    José Romero, Switzerland
    Maesela Kekana, South Africa
    Helen Plume, New Zealand
    The Co-Chairs working with authors during the afternoon session
    Anna Romanovskaia, Russian Federation
    Friedemann Call, Germany
    Reception Hosted by the Government of Japan
    Around the Venue