February 14th, Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, T.D., today addressed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as the Chair of the IPCC, Dr. Hoesung Lee and over a hundred climate scientists from all over the world gathered at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin to explore the development of a new Special Report on land use and climate change.
The Special Report under consideration focuses on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. Its findings will potentially lead to the development of a special report to inform the overall work programme being carried out under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the climate actions being considered by countries across the world to combat climate change.
Commenting on the meeting, the Minister noted, "It is an honour for Ireland to host this meeting and I am very pleased that the Chair of the IPCC, Dr Hoesung Lee, is also in Dublin to take part in the proceedings. The need for scientific foundations to underpin climate action cannot be overstated and the role played by the IPCC is to the fore of informing policy actions to be taken in addressing the global challenges of climate change. The topics under discussion here this week are quite wide ranging and have relevance for many countries around the globe including Ireland. From an Irish perspective, this Special Report touches on a number of areas of particular relevance to our own climate agenda including sustainable land management and food security. I wish the IPCC the very best with their deliberations here this week and I very much look forward to seeing what the outcomes will be in terms of the full report to be prepared".
The IPCC agreed in April of last year at its 43rd Session in Nairobi, Kenya to produce this Special Report. The scoping meeting on the special report opened in Dublin yesterday and proceedings will close this Thursday 16th February. The expected output of this Scoping Meeting is a draft Scoping Paper describing the objectives and an annotated outline of the Special Report as well as the process and timeline for its preparation. The Panel, at the 45th Session of the IPCC in April 2017, will review the draft Scoping Paper and will consider further work to be undertaken on this Special Report.
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a prominent scientific body under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) and was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988. It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change. It is an intergovernmental body and is open to all member countries of the UN and WMO. Currently 195 countries are members of the IPCC. The IPCC is recognised internationally as policy-relevant and yet policy-neutral, it is never policy-prescriptive, and its work is the key source of technical, scientific information that underpins negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
IPCC assessments provide governments, at all levels, with scientific information that they can use to develop climate policies. IPCC assessments are a key input into the international negotiations to tackle climate change. IPCC reports are drafted and reviewed in several stages, thus guaranteeing objectivity and transparency.
The IPCC assesses the thousands of scientific papers published each year to tell policymakers what we know and don't know about the risks related to climate change. The IPCC identifies where there is agreement in the scientific community, where there are differences of opinion, and where further research is needed. It does not conduct its own research. To produce its reports, the IPCC draws on inputs from climate scientists all over the world.
The IPCC produce periodic assessment reports that provide a scientific basis for governments at all levels to develop climate related policies. The most recent of these, the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), is the most comprehensive assessment of scientific knowledge on climate change since 2007 when the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) was released. AR5 puts greater emphasis on assessing the socio-economic aspects of climate change and its implications for sustainable development and is a driving force in the development of international climate policy at the UNFCCC.
The IPCC also prepares methodologies to enable countries to report their emissions and removals of greenhouse gases. It is currently updating the 2006 IPCC Guidelines on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, for completion in 2019.
Profile of Dr Hoesung Lee (Chair of IPCC)
Dr. Hoesung Lee is Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since October 2015, and Endowed Chair Professor at Korea University Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Seoul, Korea. His research encompasses the economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Korean Academy of Environmental Sciences, council member of the Global Green Growth Institute, and a member of the Asian Development Bank President's Advisory Board on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.
Dr. Lee was the founding president of the Korea Energy Economics Institute, a government agency for national energy policy development. He was Distinguished Research Fellow at the Korea Environment Institute, senior adviser to the Minister of Energy and Resources and the Ministry of Environment, senior fellow at the Korea Development Institute and economist at Exxon Company USA. He served as the president of the International Association for Energy Economics, president of the Korea Resources Economics Association, member of the International Advisory Board of the Battelle-Pacific Northwest National Lab, USA, the Board of Directors of Hyundai Corporation and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan.
He was Co-Chair of the IPCC Working Group III (the socio-economic dimensions of climate change) for the Second Assessment which provided a scientific basis for the UNFCCC's Kyoto Protocol. He served as Vice-Chair of IPCC 2008-2015, and lead author and review editor for the various IPCC assessments. He has served on many national and international committees addressing climate change and energy.