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Fortieth session of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40)

27-31 October 2014 | Copenhagen, Denmark

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Summary highlights of the meeting
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Bird's eye view of the plenary session
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View of the panel during the Press Conference
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Highlights for Sunday, 2 November 2014
On Sunday, 2 November, a press conference was held at the Tivoli Conference Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, to release the Synthesis Report (SYR) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). Press conference panelists included: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peruvian Minister of Environment, and Incoming President of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP); Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization; IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri; Leo Meyer, Head of the IPCC SYR Technical Support Unit; and Renate Christ, IPCC Secretary.

The IISD RS Summary of IPCC-40 is available (in HTML or PDF format)
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From L-R: Leo Meyer, Head of the AR5 SYR Technical Support Unit; Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO); Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of State for Environment, Peru;  Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri; Renate Christ, Secretary of the IPCC; and Jonathan Lynn, Head, Communications and Media Relations, IPCC
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Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
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Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of State for Environment, Peru, and IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri
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IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri
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Leo Meyer, Head of the AR5 SYR Technical Support Unit, and IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri
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IPCC Vice-Chairs, and the Co-Chairs of WGI, WGII and WGIII
Highlights for Saturday, 1 November 2014

On Saturday, the 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40) continued to meet in Copenhagen, Denmark, to consider and finalize the Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates the findings from the three Working Group reports. These reports together comprise the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The Panel adopted the SYR, approved its Summary for Policymakers (SPM) and completed work on its agenda. IPCC-40 was gavelled to a close at 4:40 pm. IPCC-41 will meet from 24-27 February 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The IISD RS Summary of IPCC-40 is available (in HTML or PDF format)

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IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri; the Co-Chairs of WGII, WGIII and WGI; and Renate Christ, Secretary of the IPCC
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IPCC Vice-Chair Jean-Pascal Van Ypersele
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IPCC Vice-Chair Ismail Elgizouli and IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri
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Authors consulting with delegates
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Delegates from Germany
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IPCC Vice-Chair Jean-Pascal Van Ypersele and Ronald Flipphi, the Netherlands
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Authors and TSU consulting on proposed text
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Leo Meyer, Head of the AR5 SYR Technical Support Unit, and Andy Reisinger, Core Writing Team
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Alf Wills, South Africa, and IPCC Vice-Chair Jean-Pascal Van Ypersele
Highlights for Friday, 31 October 2014
On Friday, the 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40) continued to meet throughout the day and evening in Copenhagen, Denmark, to consider and finalize the Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates the findings from the three Working Group reports. These reports together comprise the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The Panel continued its work on the Summary for Policymakers (SPM), reviewing it line by line, and the longer SYR, section by section.
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View of the dais during the morning session
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WGII Co-Chair Christopher Field
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Keywan Riahi, Lead Author
María José Galarza, Ecuador
Andrea Tilche, European Commission
WGIII Vice-Chair Taha Zatari
Felipe Ferreira, Brazil
Ayman Shasly, Saudi Arabia
José Romero, Switzerland
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Ayman Shasly, Saudi Arabia, and Lutz Morgenstern, Germany
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Participants consulting on proposed text
Highlights for Thursday, 30 October 2014
On Thursday, the 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40) continued to meet throughout the day and evening in Copenhagen, Denmark, to consider and finalize the Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates the findings from the three Working Group reports that together comprise the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The Panel continued its work on the Summary for Policymakers (SPM), reviewing it line by line.
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Participants consulting on proposed text
Sergio Castellari, Italy
Gao Li, China
Pirkko Heikinheimo, Finland
Andrej Kranjc, Slovenia
David Warrilow, UK
Sajjad Ahmad, Pakistan
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WG Co-Chairs and Authors consulting on proposed text
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Felipe Ferreira, Brazil
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Klaus Radunsky, Austria
Highlights for Wednesday, 29 October 2014
On Wednesday, the 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40) continued to meet throughout the day and evening in Copenhagen, Denmark, to consider and finalize the Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates the findings from the three Working Group reports that together comprise the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The Panel continued its work on the Summary for Policymakers (SPM), reviewing it line by line.
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View of the dais during the morning session
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Pierre Friedlingstein, Core Writing Team
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Participants consulting on proposed text
Ayman Shasly, Saudi Arabia
Nakatani Eri, Japan
David Reidmiller, US
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Leo Meyer, Head of the AR5 SYR Technical Support Unit, and IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri
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Authors conferring before the morning session
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Birama Diarra, Mali, and José Romero, Switzerland
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Delegates from India
Highlights for Tuesday, 28 October 2014
On Tuesday, the 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40) continued to meet throughout the day and evening in Copenhagen, Denmark, to consider and finalize the Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates the findings from the three Working Group reports that together comprise the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The Panel continued its work on the Summary for Policymakers (SPM), reviewing it line by line.
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Andrej Kranjc, Slovenia
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WGIII Co-Chair Ramón Pichs Madruga
Serhat Sensoy, Turkey
Javier Gutiérrez, Nicaragua
Hee-Dong Yoo, Republic of Korea
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Leo Meyer, Head of the AR5 SYR Technical Support Unit, and Francis Hayes, IPCC Secretariat
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José Domingos Gonzalez Miguez and Guilherme Lima, Brazil
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David Warrilow, UK
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José Romero, Switzerland
Highlights for Monday, 27 October 2014
The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40) opened at the Tivoli Conference Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, to consider and finalize the Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates the findings from the three working group reports that together comprise the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). During the session, the Panel is expected to approve, line by line, the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) and adopt the longer SYR section by section.

The opening session heard statements by: Rasmus Helveg Petersen, Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Denmark; Kirsten Brosbøl, Minister for the Environment, Denmark; Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen; Jeremiah Lengoasa, WMO Deputy Secretary-General; John Christensen, on behalf of UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner; and, via video, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. In his opening statement, Chair Rajendra Pachauri asked policymakers to “avoid being overcome by the seeming hopelessness of addressing climate change.” Participants then began to discuss the SPM, addressing the introduction and the section on observed changes and their causes.

In the evening, a reception was hosted by the Minister for Climate, Energy and Building and the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen.
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Bird's eye view of the opening session
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Rasmus Helveg Petersen, Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Denmark
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Kirsten Brosbøl, Minister for the Environment, Denmark
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Jeremiah Lengoasa, World Meteorological Organization
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IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri
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John Christensen, UNEP
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Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen
Specific funding for coverage of this session has been provided by the IPCC Secretariat, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Aramco
IPCC Secretariat IGES Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia Saudi Aramco

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*Session Website and Documents

*Session Provisional Agenda

*Session Provisional Annotated Agenda

*IPCC Trust Fund Programme and Budget

*Progress in the Preparation of the Fifth Assessment Report Synthesis Report (SYR)

*Progress Report of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI)

*Communication and Outreach Activities-Past and Planned Communication Activities

*Implementation of the IPCC Conflict of Interest (COI) Policy – Report of the Chair

*Future Work of the IPCC-Second Progress Report by the Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC

*Media Advisory

*AR5 Media Portal

*IPCC and Working Group (WG) Sessions


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