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March-April 2018


From 5 to 7 March 2018, the City of Edmonton hosted the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, CitiesIPCC. Co-sponsored by the IPCC, the conference aimed to establish a global research agenda, which will support a special report on climate change and cities planned for the IPCC 7th Assessment Cycle and the decision this cycle to place a greater emphasis on cities within the 6th Assessment Report. Researchers, policy-makers, development experts and practitioners came together to stimulate research on effective and efficient urban responses to climate change.

In 2017, over 130 IPCC Bureau members, authors and staff met at the first Lead Author Meeting in Oslo to start planning the report. The second Lead Author Meeting took place in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 26 to 30 March 2018. At this meeting, the authors began preparing the First Order Draft of the Special Report. This, like all IPCC reports, will undergo a formal Expert Review process in the summer. Anyone with relevant expertise and experience will be able to sign-up to review the draft. The review will open on 11 June 2018 and reviewers will have until 5 August to submit comments.

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February 2018


From 5 to 7 March 2018, the City of Edmonton will host the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, CitiesIPCC. Co-sponsored by the IPCC, the conference will assess the current state of academic and practice-based understanding of the links between cities and climate change. Researchers, policy-makers, development experts and practitioners will come together to stimulate research on effective and efficient urban responses to climate change.

Working Group III will be particularly active in the plenary session entitled Solutions for the transition to low carbon and climate resilient cities (Theme 3) on 6 March 2018. Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Vice-Chair of Working Group III and Director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy at the Central European University, will take part in the panel session which will be moderated by Jim Skea, Co-Chair of Working Group III.

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January 2018


In 2018, we will pick up the pace: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, the first IPCC report of this cycle, is due for approval in the autumn. And there is a range of other meetings and conferences in the pipeline.

Here are just a few of the Working Group III activities that will be coming up this year:

•The author teams that will draft the Working Group III contributions to AR6 will be announced soon, following their selection at the IPCC Bureau meeting at the end of January.

This will be the start of the next big assessment of the science related to the mitigation of climate change.

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December 2017


IPCC authors continue their work on the Special Report on Climate Change and Land following the First Lead Author Meeting in Oslo, Norway, in October 2017.

The Second Lead Author meeting will take place in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 26-30 March 2018.

The call for applications to become a chapter scientist on the report closed on 17 December. The Working Group III Technical Support Unit received 131 applications from 39 countries. The successful applicants will be contacted in January 2018.

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November 2017


From 6 to 17 of November 2017, nearly thirty thousand representatives from governments, international organisations, businesses, NGOs and universities came together in Bonn for the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The IPCC Working Group III, that assesses the options for reducing the rate at which climate change is taking place (climate change mitigation), attended and participated in a number of meetings and events throughout the conference.

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