IPCC: Report release dates extended

Recently, IPCC noted that news articles have appeared citing a draft of the Working Group II contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report. The articles appear to be based on the Second-Order Draft of the Working Group II report, which assesses impacts, adaptation and vulnerability to climate change, and which was circulated for review by governments and experts from 4 December 2020 to 29 January 2021. The IPCC is committed to an open, robust and transparent assessment process. During the review stages, the IPCC actively seeks the collaboration of researchers and practitioners across a broad range of expertise to provide expert comments on the draft reports. As with the normal practice of peer review, this process is designed to ensure that the report is as accurate, comprehensive and objective as possible. Draft reports are provided to governments and reviewers as confidential working documents and must not be publicly distributed, quoted or cited. This is out of respect for the authors and to give them the time and space to finish writing before making the work public.
The first part of the Sixth Assessment Report, the Working Group I contribution assessing the physical science basis of climate change, is expected to be released on 9 August following an approval session from 26 July to 6 August. The IPCC session to approve the Summary for Policymakers and accept the underlying report of Working Group II is anticipated for 14-18 February 2022. The Working Group III report, assessing the mitigation of climate change, will follow in the last week of March, and the Synthesis Report in September 2022.

As a reminder, Dr Nathalie Hilmi is Lead Author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) WGII AR6. She is the only representative of the Principality of Monaco in IPCC. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide political leaders with periodic scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies. In the same year the UN General Assembly endorsed the action by the WMO and UNEP in jointly establishing the IPCC. It has 195 member states. Thousands of people from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC. For the assessment reports, IPCC scientists volunteer their time to assess the thousands of scientific papers published each year to provide a comprehensive summary of what is known about the drivers of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and how adaptation and mitigation can reduce those risks.



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