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Cooperation with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change



The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assesses the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change.

The IPCC is an independent body founded under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The IPCC is best known for its comprehensive assessment reports, incorporating summaries for policymakers from a synthesis report and from all three Working Groups, which are widely recognized as the most credible sources of information on climate change.

COP has repeatedly expressed its appreciation for the IPCC’s work and called on the Convention bodies, in particular the SBSTA, to continue cooperation with the IPCC and to seek its advice. It has also urged Parties to contribute financially to the IPCC’s work, as well as to nominate and support experts for the IPCC, especially from developing countries. According to Article 21.2 of the Convention, the secretariat “will cooperate closely with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to ensure that the Panel can respond to the need for objective scientific and technical advice”. Further background information >>

Relevant Events

Forty-first Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-41) 24-27 February 2015, Nairobi, Kenya more >>
Final press release

Outlook to SBSTA 42

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The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the 
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Earlier reports of the IPCC are available here.

In October 2014, the Synthesis Report, the final component of the Fifth Assessment Report of IPCC (AR5), was finalized. The information contained in the AR5 is of relevance and being considered under several agenda items of the SBSTA and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.

The contributions of the three Working Groups of the IPCC to the AR5 were presented at SBSTA 39 and 40 at SBSTA–IPCC special events. The synthesis of the main findings contained in the AR5 were presented at SBSTA 41 at a SBSTA–IPCC special event, at COP 20 and at the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) by the Chair of the IPCC.

Outlook to SBSTA 42
The SBSTA 41 conclusions (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/5, paragraphs 26-32) in regards to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and relevant COP 20 decision on this matter (Decision 12/CP.20, FCCC/CP/2014/10/Add.2) include, inter alia:                        
  • The recognition that the IPCC AR5 continue to be considered in depth by Parties to the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol, so that all relevant agenda items are informed by the findings of the AR5;.
  • The secretariat, under the guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA, be prepared to invite the IPCC, in response to any request made by Parties, to inform its consideration of relevant agenda items, in particular through focused briefings on relevant information from the AR5 and other IPCC reports; 
  • The AR5 identified some information gaps, including in developing countries, especially in Africa, and on emerging issues, such as the links between climate change and desertification;
  • The SBSTA invited the IPCC and relevant international and regional research organizations to inform Parties about efforts undertaken to address the information gaps identified in the AR5, including as referred to in paragraph 4 above, for example at the meeting of the research dialogue at SBSTA 42 (June 2015).

Further information is available on research and the SBSTA Research dialogue from the research webpages.