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IPCC adopts 2019 Refinement report at Kyoto session

The 49th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-49) that commenced on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Kyoto, Japan was gavelled to a close at 11:15 pm on Sunday, May 12 with the Panel adopting the Overview Chapter of the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (2019 Refinement) and accepted the underlying report.

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Leader of the Nigerian delegation and Director, Department of Climate Change in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr Peter Tarfa, making a contribution during the IPCC-49 on Friday, May 10, 2019. Photo credit: IISD/ENB | Sean Wu

The Panel also adopted decisions on, inter alia:

  • the IPCC Scholarship Programme, including guidance to the Board of Trustees on the use of the Scholarship Fund;
  • beginning preparatory work during the sixth assessment cycle for a methodological report on short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs); and
  • terms of reference for the Task Group on Gender Policy and Gender Implementation Plan.

The Panel also heard presentations on collaboration with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

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Ayman Shasly of Saudi Arabia in conversation with delegates from Algeria and Nigeria on Sunday, May 12. Photo credit: IISD/ENB | Sean Wu

In the course of the week, IPCC-49 delegates discussed the IPCC Scholarship Programme, short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs), the Trust Fund Programme and Budget, and the Ad Hoc Task Group on Financial Stability.

Participants also heard progress reports on the Special Reports on oceans and on land, and on the WG contributions to the Sixth Assessment Report.

Plenary sessions also discussed outstanding issues related to the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (2019 Refinement). Multiple informal discussions also took place.

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