The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will hold an Expert Meeting on 9-10 February 2016 in Oslo, Norway, to help it strengthen its communications as it starts work on its next cycle of reports. The Expert Meeting will develop recommendations to present to the Panel to help it make IPCC reports more readable, accessible and policy-relevant. “IPCC assessments are recognized as the definitive source of scientific information on climate change; our challenge is to ensure that non-specialists can follow them and that policymakers and other users can find and use what is relevant to them,” said IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee. The Expert Meeting will bring together about 50 experts from governments, civil society, the research community, media, business and faith groups, plus present and former members of the IPCC Bureau and Technical Support Units that worked on the last report, the Fifth Assessment Report, or will be working on the new Sixth Assessment Report. The meeting, hosted by the Norwegian Environment Agency, was requested by the Panel at its 41st Session in Nairobi, Kenya, a year ago for experts and government and other IPCC representatives to share experiences, best practices and lessons learned from communication and outreach around the Fifth Assessment Report. The IPCC completed its Fifth Assessment Report in November 2014.
The key findings of the Fifth Assessment Report are:
- Human influence on the climate system is clear;
- The more we disrupt our climate, the more we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts; and
- We have the means to limit climate change and build a more prosperous, sustainable future.
The next Session of the IPCC will take place in Nairobi on 11-13 April, when the Panel will discuss which Special Reports to undertake in the coming years and start work on the Sixth Assessment Report.
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