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IPCC Working Group III presents proposals for Sixth Assessment Report to world Governments at the 46th Session of the IPCC in Montreal

Montreal, 6 September 2017 - This week, the city of Montreal, Quebec (Canada) is host to the 46th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading scientific body for the assessment of climate change. Twice a year, IPCC scientists, representatives from 195 Governments and delegates from observer organisations come together to plan the IPCC’s work, debate countries’ priorities and agree IPCC report structures and texts.

The agenda for this meeting is a busy one. The Panel will carefully assess proposals for the next IPCC Assessment Report, the 6th (AR6), from each of the three Working Groups that make up the scientific body of the

“This meeting is particularly important as it will set the direction of the IPCC’s work for the next five years,” said Professor Jim Skea, Co-Chair of Working Group III, which looks specifically at the mitigation of Climate Change. “There have been a lot of developments since the last IPCC report in 2014.”

IPCC Experts came together in May to draft a proposed outline. Governments will now discuss this and make a final decision on what the structure and chapters of the report.

“In drafting the outline we paid particular attention to cross-cutting issues such as economic, technological and social aspects related to climate change mitigation, the Sustainable Development Goals and of the long term goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C,” added Professor P.R. Shukla, Co-Chair of Working Group III. “This meeting will combine this with policymakers’ priorities and allow us to get started.”

The next step for the Working Group III Bureau will be to invite nominations for authors from among the international research community. The selected authors will then start preparing the report.

“Once the outline is agreed we will need experts from around the world to write the report,” said Jim Skea. “Further down the line we will also need experts to review the draft reports. There are many ways to bring your expertise to the IPCC.”