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Forty-first Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-41)

24-27 February 2015
UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

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Summary of the Session

Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director,
addressing the Panel during the opening ceremony
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Highlights for Tuesday, 24 February 2015
IPCC-41On Tuesday, 24 February, a welcoming ceremony was held prior to the opening of IPCC-41. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner highlighted the IPCC’s role in getting the world to act on climate change and stressed the links between the post-2015 development agenda and responses to climate change.

Jeremiah Lengoasa, Deputy Secretary-General, WMO, commended the IPCC on its engagement with diverse audiences, including those participating in negotiations under the UNFCCC, to make the IPCC findings accessible and relevant.

Judi W. Wakhungu, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, called for the IPCC to ensure that effective information in understandable formats is also accessible to the most vulnerable.

Following a meeting of the IPCC Bureau, IPCC Vice-Chair Ismail El Gizouli, Sudan, formally opened IPCC-41, noting that the Bureau had met after receiving a copy of a letter of resignation from Rajendra Pachauri as IPCC Chair, and that the Bureau had appointed him as Acting Chair. IPCC Secretary Renate Christ then read Pachauri’s resignation letter, which was addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Panel then began to address the agenda items, including recommendations forwarded by the Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC. In the evening, participants attended a reception, hosted by the IPCC.

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IPCC Secretary Renate Christ reading former IPCC Chair Pachauri’s letter of resignation to the plenary.
Judi W. Wakhungu, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, addresses the participants.
Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director
Jeremiah Legoasa, Deputy Secretary-General, WMO
A view of the delegates in the conference room

Highlights for Wednesday, 25 February 2015
On Wednesday 25 February, the IPCC met throughout the day and into the evening to continue considering recommendations from the Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC, including IPCC products, their timing and their usability, and organization of the IPCC. The Panel also agreed to a decision, stating that the Acting Chair, designated at the current session, shall continue to serve in that capacity until a new IPCC Chair is elected at IPCC-42 in October 2015.

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Karen Dodds, Canada, contributing to the ongoing discussion
Antonio Cañas Calderón (left), El Salvador
Helen Plume, Co-Chair of the Task Group
on the Future Work of the IPCC
Saudi Arabian delegation. L-R; Sarah Bashaan; Abdullah K. Tawlah, Taha M. Zatari and Hamid M. Al Sadoon
L-R: Anna Gladilscchikova and Valeriy Sedyakin, Institute of Global Climate and Ecology, Russian Federation
Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI) Co-Chairs,
Taka Hiraishi (Japan) and Thelma Krug (Brazil)
Christopher Field, IPCC Working Group II Co-Chair

Highlights for Thursday, 26 February 2015
On Thursday, 26 February 2015, IPCC-41 met throughout the day and evening to continue discussing recommendations from the Task Group on the Future of the IPCC regarding, inter alia: IPCC structure; administrative matters and respective roles of the IPCC Secretariat and IPCC TSUs; and options for the selection of and support to Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors and improving the writing and review process.

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A view of the conference room
Taha M. Zatari, Co-Chair, Task Group on the Future of the IPCC
Samwel Marigi, IPCC Focal Point, Kenya
L-R: IPCC Deputy Secretary Carlos Martin-Novella
consults with IPCC Secretary Renate Christ
L-R: Dadi Duriba, Ethiopia, and David Reidmiller, US
Sammy Showzil, Saudi Arabia
Martine Vanderstraeten, Belgium (left),
chats with a member of the IPCC Secretariat.

Highlights for Friday, 27 February 2015
On Friday morning, 27 February 2015, IPCC-41 concluded its discussions on the future work of the IPCC. Throughout the day, the Panel also discussed other agenda items, including communication and outreach activities, and IPCC programme and budget. The Panel also decided to hold an expert meeting on communications and outreach, and a workshop on regional climate projections and their use in impacts and risk analysis studies.

The Panel adopted a decision on the future work of the IPCC, which addresses, inter alia: IPCC products, their timing and their usability; organization of the IPCC, including a decision on size, structure and composition of the IPCC Bureau and any Task Force Bureau; respective roles of the IPCC Secretariat and the IPCC Technical Support Units (TSUs); options for selection of and support to Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors; and involvement of developing countries, including additional measures to attract qualified experts from developing countries and to enhance and facilitate their engagement with the IPCC.

The Panel agreed that IPCC-42 would be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 5-8 October 2015. IPCC-41 was gaveled to a close at 5:57 pm.

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Pieter Leenknegt, Belgium
José Domingos Gonzalez Miguez, Brazil
Renate Christ waves to the plenary
L-R: Jean-Pascal Van Ypersele, IPCC Vice-Chair, consults with Ronald Flipphi, the Netherlands
L-R: Working Group I Co-Chair Thomas Stocker consults with Co-Chair of Working Group III of the IPCC Ottmar Edenhofer
L-R: Ivan Cacic, Croatia, with IPCC Vice-Chair Hoesung Lee
Frank Mcgovern, Ireland
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Related Links
IPCC resources

*IPCC-41 Website and Documents

*IPCC-41 Provisional Annotated Agenda

*Synthesis of Government Submissions in Response to Questionnaire of 27 November 2014 on Selection of Authors and Review Process for IPCC Reports

*Consideration of the Recommendations by the Task Force on Future Work of the IPCC

*Chairman’s Vision Paper on the Future of the IPCC

*Collated Comments from Governments on Further Refined Options Paper on Future IPCC Work

*Request by Monaco for an IPCC Special Report on the Ocean


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