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IPCC advances work on final product of upcoming assessment report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a week-long virtual meeting of experts on Monday, January 25, 2021 to advance preparations of the Synthesis Report, the final product of its upcoming assessment.

Hoesung Lee
Hoesung Lee, IPCC chair

Members of the Synthesis Report Core Writing Team will meet virtually from January 25 to 29, 2021 to start drafting the Synthesis Report, which brings together the key findings of the three Working Group contributions to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and the Special Reports prepared by the IPCC in this assessment cycle.

With the Synthesis Report, to be finalised in 2022, the Sixth Assessment Report will provide policymakers with the most up-to-date scientific information related to climate change since the publication of the last IPCC assessment in 2014.

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“The Synthesis Report will form the capstone of all the work we are doing in this assessment cycle, integrating the knowledge we have been presenting since 2018. It will be key scientific input to facilitate the implementation of the Paris Agreement,” said IPCC Chair, Hoesung Lee.

“I would like to thank the members of the Core Writing Team for their immense contribution in these challenging times,” he added.

The meeting, the first official gathering of the AR6 Core Writing Team, is the first time an IPCC Synthesis Report Core Writing Team has met virtually, reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Synthesis Report will integrate the three most recent IPCC Special Reports on Global Warming of 1.5°C, Climate Change and Land, and The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, as well as the contents of the three Working Group contributions to AR6: Working Group I – The Physical Science Basis, Working Group II – Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, and Working Group III – Mitigation of Climate Change.

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