Next IPCC assessment 'an important milestone'

| 22nd January 2020
Climate action
IPCC authors meet in Portugal to advance preparations for Sixth Assessment Report.


Experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will meet in Faro, Portugal, from 26 January to 1 February 2020 to advance preparations for the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

This will be the third lead author meeting for this report, bringing together around 260 experts from more than 60 countries. The event is hosted by the Government of Portugal and the University of the Algarve.

Debra Roberts, co-chair of Working Group II, said: “IPCC scientists are meeting here to continue their assessment of what the latest science tells us about the impacts of climate change on human and natural systems around the world. This work will help identify the solutions available at the regional and sectoral level to address the challenges of climate change, but also give us insights into how we can create a more equitable, sustainable and just world.”


The meeting in Faro will lead to the preparation of the Second Order Draft of the report which will be circulated for government and expert review in August 2020.

Hans-Otto Pörtner, co-chair of Working Group II, said: “The meeting in Portugal is an important milestone in the preparations for the next most comprehensive assessment of climate change science.

"This expert assessment will enrich our knowledge of our vulnerabilities to climate change, but also the capacities and limits of natural and human systems to adapt to it,  as well as options for creating a more sustainable future through an integrated approach to mitigation and adaptation at all scales,” he added.

The report will be finalized in 2021. In 2022, a Synthesis Report integrating this report, the other two Working Group contributions, and three recent Special Reports will complete the sixth assessment cycle.

It will be released in time to inform the 2023 global stocktake by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), when countries will review progress towards the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global warming to well below 2°C while pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C.

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This article is based on a press release from the IPCC. 

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