200 experts to gather in Delhi for climate change meet

Geneva, Sep 26 (IANS) Experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will meet in New Delhi from September 30 to October 4 to advance their work on the working group III’s contribution to the sixth assessment report (AR6).

Over 200 experts from 65 countries will come together to start preparing the first draft of the report, due to be finalised in July 2021. The meeting would be hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, it was announced on Thursday.

The IPCC working group III is responsible for assessing the mitigation of climate change, responses and solutions to the threat of dangerous climate change by reducing emissions and enhancing sinks of greenhouse gases, responsible for global warming.

The AR6 will examine issues like link between consumption and behaviour, greenhouse gas emissions, and the role of innovation and technology.

The report will assess the connection between short to medium-term actions and their compatibility with the long-term temperature goal in the Paris Agreement. It will assess mitigation options in sectors, like energy, agriculture, forestry & land use, buildings, transport and industry.

“Following our previous Lead Author Meeting in Britain, it’s pleasure to be in the IPCC working group III’s technical support unit’s other home country, India,” said Priyadarshi R. Shukla, Co-Chair of working group III.

“IPCC authors and scientists are working to deliver the most relevant and latest research on climate change mitigation,” Shukla said.

The first order draft will be available for expert review from January 13 to March 8, 2020. The second order draft will be open for government and expert review from July 13 to September 13, 2020, along with the first draft of the summary for policymakers.

The IPCC panel is due to consider the working group III’s contribution to the IPCC AR6 at a plenary session on July 12-16, 2021.

“Building on previous working group III’s assessments, the report will emphasise what can be done in the near-term to mitigate climate change, and how mitigation actions can be enabled through policy, institution-building and finance,” said Jim Skea, Co-Chair of working group III.

“Mitigation efforts will be set firmly in the context of sustainable development and development pathways compatible with a just transition towards net zero emissions,” he said.

–IANS

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