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IPCC meets in Paris to discuss major 2022 climate change report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will consider the outline of the Synthesis Report for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6 SYR) from February 24 to 28, 2020 during its 52nd Session to be hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in Paris, France.

Hoesung Lee
Hoesung Lee, IPCC chair

The Synthesis Report, due to be released in the first part of 2022, will present the latest state of climate knowledge by drawing on information from the other reports the IPCC is preparing in the current assessment cycle. It will serve as the basis for international negotiations and will be ready in time for the first global stocktake under the Paris Agreement in 2023.

According to the IPCC, a series of events will take place on the morning of February 24.

“The Synthesis Report will integrate all the information the IPCC is preparing in its current special and assessment reports to provide policymakers with the most up-to-date policy-relevant information pertinent to climate change,” said IPCC Chair, Hoesung Lee.
Following the Opening Ceremony of the 52nd Session, UNESCO will host a panel discussion with the IPCC, themed: “Planet in Peril: Transforming the Course of Climate Action”. The discussion will bring together eminent scientists, climate experts, youth leaders and representatives of indigenous peoples to discuss and share views on the ways and means to raise ambition for more effective climate action and the role and contributions of science and knowledge.

“Science is key in tackling the climate crisis and other sustainability challenges,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. “The work of the IPCC is of vital importance here and UNESCO, as the host of IPCC-52, is determined to draw on its scientific expertise, and on the work and experience of its biosphere reserves, natural heritage sites and education programmes, in leading the transformation we need for people and the planet.”

After the panel discussion, the IPCC Session will resume in closed session to consider the Synthesis Report outline, to elect a member of the Bureau of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, to launch the regular review of IPCC procedures, and transact other business.

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