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GENEVA, Nov 29
– The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has distributed the Final
Draft of the Working Group III contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report
(AR6) to governments. The final draft of the Summary for Policymakers has also been
distributed for further review by governments. This is one of the final stages
of preparations before IPCC member countries will consider this report in a
two-week plenary next year.

“Our scientists have worked
tirelessly to deliver this report thorough a robust assessment of scientific
evidence. The report will inform policymakers world-wide about pathways to
solutions and opportunities available to us to tackle climate change,” said Jim
Skea, Co-Chair of Working Group III.

The review
of the Summary for Policymakers, running to 30 January 2022, provides
governments with the opportunity to check whether the draft Summary for
Policymakers reflects the underlying evidence laid out in the Working Group III
report. Working Group III is responsible for assessing the mitigation of
climate change – responses and solutions to the threat of dangerous climate
change by reducing emissions and enhancing sinks of the greenhouse gases that
are responsible for global warming.

During the government
review of the Summary for Policymakers, Working Group III is planning a series
of webinars on different aspects of the report with government representatives to
inform them as they prepare their written comments.  This will also help authors identify issues and
receive informal feedback from governments. Authors will present key concepts
of the report and how they are treated in the Summary for Policymakers,
including in figures, and how the summarised elements are grounded in the
detailed underlying assessment.

The Working
Group III report is the third instalment of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report,
which will be completed in 2022. In August, the IPCC released the approved
Working Group I report which assessed the physical science, showing that
climate change is widespread, rapid and intensifying. The Working Group II
report, which looks at climate impacts and adaptation, will be considered at an
approval session in early 2022, prior to the consideration of the Working Group
III report.

“These interactive
webinars will be a critical support activity during the Summary for
Policymakers review process, allowing an informal exchange between governments
and our authors. This will ensure clarity and will strengthen the text prior to
the approval session” said Priyadarshi Shukla, Co-Chair of Working Group III.

The authors
of the Working Group III report have already addressed more than 16,000 comments
provided by expert reviewers of the report’s First-Order Draft. In the
subsequent Second-Order Draft stage they went through over 51,000 additional comments
from expert reviewers and 41 governments.

The
fortnight-long government approval session for the Working Group III report is
scheduled for the end of the first quarter of 2022.

ENDS

For more information, please contact:

IPCC Working Group III Technical Support Unit
Sigourney Luz (Communications Manager), e-mail: [email protected]

IPCC Press Office, Email: [email protected]
Andrej Mahecic, +41 22 730 8516, Werani Zabula, +41 22 730 8120

Notes for
Editors

About the IPCC
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide political leaders with periodic scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies. In the same year the UN General Assembly endorsed the action by the WMO and UNEP in jointly establishing the IPCC. It has 195 member states.

Thousands of
people from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC. For the
assessment reports, experts  volunteer
their time as IPCC authors to assess the thousands of scientific papers
published each year to provide a comprehensive summary of what is known about
the drivers of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and how adaptation
and mitigation can reduce those risks.

The IPCC has
three working groups: Working Group I, dealing with the physical science basis
of climate change; Working Group II, dealing with impacts, adaptation and vulnerability;
and Working Group III, dealing with the mitigation of climate change. It also
has a Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories that develops
methodologies for estimating emissions and removals of greenhouse gases.

IPCC
assessments provide governments, at all levels, with scientific information
that they can use to develop climate policies. IPCC assessments are a key input
into the international negotiations to tackle climate change. IPCC reports are
drafted and reviewed in several stages, thus guaranteeing objectivity and
transparency.

About the Sixth Assessment Cycle
Comprehensive scientific assessment reports are published every 6 to 7 years; the most recent, the Fifth Assessment Report, was completed in 2014 and provided the main scientific input to the Paris Agreement.

The IPCC
also publishes special reports on more specific issues between assessment
reports.

At its 41st
Session in February 2015, the IPCC decided to produce a Sixth Assessment Report
(AR6). At its 42nd Session in October 2015 it elected a new Bureau that would
oversee the work on this report and Special Reports to be produced in the
assessment cycle. At its 43rd Session in April 2016, it decided to produce
three Special Reports, a Methodology Report and AR6.

The Working
Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report Climate Change 2021: the Physical
Science Basis

was released on 9 August 2021.

More
information about the Working Group III report, including its agreed outline, can be found here.

The Working
Group II contribution is scheduled to be finalized in the first quarter of
2022. The concluding Synthesis Report is due later in 2022.

The IPCC has
published three special reports in this assessment cycle.

Global Warming of 1.5°C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of
global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius 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 
was launched in October 2018.

Climate Change and Land, an IPCC special report on climate change,
desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security,
and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems 
was launched in August 2019.

TheSpecial Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a
Changing Climate
 was
released in September 2019.

In May 2019 the IPCC released the2019 Refinement to the 2006
IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories
, an update to the methodology used by
governments to estimate their greenhouse gas emissions and removals.

For more information please
visit http://www.ipcc.ch

The website includes outreach materials including videos about the IPCC
and video recordings from outreach events  conducted as webinars or
live-streamed events. 

Most videos published by the IPCC
can be found on the IPCC YouTube channel.

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