TEHRAN, June 18 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change,
presents its findings at a regional outreach event in Tehran on 18 June 2018.
It also presents its work programme for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) cycle at the event, which is hosted by the Islamic Republic of
Iran Meteorological Organization.
IPCC Bureau members and authors participate in workshops attended by policymakers, practitioners,
city administration officials, scientists, representatives from civil society and business, the general public and media representatives from Iran, as
well as participants from Azerbaijan and Iraq.
The event is taking place shortly after the selection of authors by the IPCC for its next comprehensive assessment – the AR6 -- and before the
launch of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C (SR15) due in October 2018. Currently two other Special Reports – on Climate Change and
Land (SRCCL) and on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) are open for review comments
"During this cycle we aim to cover the regional aspects in a more comprehensive manner and I hope that this event will motivate the research
community to publish literature that can feed into AR6," said Youba Sokona, Vice-Chair of the IPCC.
Scientists will present the latest IPCC report, the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), completed in 2014, which was a crucial input to the Paris
Climate Change Agreement reached in December 2015. AR5 found the world has the means to limit global warming and build a more
prosperous and sustainable future, but pathways to limit warming to 2ºC relative to pre-industrial levels would require substantial emissions reductions
over the next few decades.
"Iran faces multiple challenges related to climate change, including droughts, heat waves, water shortage and impacts on food production," said
Edvin Aldrian, Vice-Chair of Working Group I of the IPCC. "However, adaptation and mitigation strategies exist for reducing these risks and
creating opportunities for a sustainable future," he added.
As part of the outreach event there are several workshops tailored to the various audiences. Some of them will be streamed live. A media
workshop followed by a press conference takes place from 8.00 a.m. to 9.45 a.m. local time on 18 June at IRIMO headquarters in Tehran.
These will be followed by an opening session with the participation of H.E. Isa Kalantari, Vice-President of Iran and Head of Department of
Environment; H.E. Abbas Akhoundi, Minister of Roads and Urban Development; Mr Davood Parhizkar, National IPCC Focal Point and President of
IRIMO, and Mr Youba Sokona, Vice-Chair of the IPCC.
"Weather and climate conditions are not only threatening Central Iran with drought and desertification,
but also putting the whole civilization of Iran and western Asia at risk," said Mr Akhoundi.
Vice-President Kalantari added: "In spite of the complicated and difficult environmental situation
of Iran - including reductions in precipitation, increases in temperature, and some lagoons drying
out - the government is spending significant amounts on maintaining and upgrading the environmental
situation of the country."
Mr Parhizkar added: "Sustainable development can only be defined in the framework of climate
capacity. In other words, extra development neglecting the climate capacity of an area will
surely lead to instability and also waste resources, and cause many problems. So development
programmes should be reviewed in the light of the changes that are occurring in the climate."
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Notes for editors
What is the 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.
It has 195 member states.
The IPCC has three working groups: Working Group I, dealing with the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II, dealing with
impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III, dealing with the mitigation of climate change. It also has a Task Force on National
Greenhouse Gas Inventories that develops methodologies for measuring emissions and removals.
Comprehensive scientific assessment reports are published every 6 to 7 years; the latest, the Fifth Assessment Report, was completed in 2014.
The next comprehensive assessment is due to be completed in 2022. The IPCC also publishes special reports on more specific issues between
At its 41st Session in February 2015, the IPCC decided to produce a Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). At its 42nd Session in October 2015 it
elected a new Bureau that would oversee the work on this report and Special Reports to be produced in the assessment cycle. At its 43rd Session in
April 2016, it decided to produce three Special Reports, a Methodology Report and AR6.
The first of these special reports, to be finalized in September 2018, is Global Warming of 1.5ºC, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global
warming of 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global
response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.
The Methodology Report, entitled 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, will be delivered in May 2019.
In August 2019 the IPCC will finalize Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable
land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems.
The Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate will be delivered in September 2019.
The IPCC will approve the outlines of AR6 in September 2017. The three working contributions will be released in 2021 and the Synthesis Report
in April 2022.
For more information go to www.ipcc.ch