The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be present at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco, with a delegation of its scientific leadership led by IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee.
COP22, at which the IPCC represents the voice of science, runs from 7 November to 18 November.
One of the main aims for the IPCC at COP22 will be to inform participants about its Special Report Global Warming of 1.5ºC, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.
This report, requested a year ago by COP21 in Paris, will be delivered in 2018. The IPCC approved the outline of the report last month and has now issued a call for nominations of authors.
At COP22 the UNFCCC’s Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) will also consider how IPCC assessments can inform the global stocktake, the five-yearly review set up under the Paris Agreement of progress towards the goal of holding global warming to well below 2ºC above pre-industrial levels while pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5ºC.
Besides participation in the official COP22 and related agendas, the IPCC is holding two side events at COP 22:
- 7 November, 13.15-14.45: Refinement of 2006 IPCC Guidelines at which speakers from the Taskforce on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Technical Support Unit and the UNFCCC Secretariat will discuss the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. This methodology report, to be delivered in 2019, will update the IPCC’s current methodologies that provide guidance to countries on measuring their greenhouse gas emissions and removals.
- 14 November, 18.30-20.00: Responding to Paris: the IPCC’s programme for the coming years at which the IPCC Chair and other Bureau members will discuss the IPCC’s workplan, including Global Warming of 1.5ºC and the Sixth Assessment Report.
In addition Université Cadi Ayyad in Marrakech is hosting an event for policymakers, other stakeholders and the public on 10 November at which the IPCC will present findings from the Fifth Assessment Report and its current work programme.