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(Co-written) The battle to adopt “The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC” has begun!

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▷ The opening ceremony of the 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was held on October 1.


Earning a great deal of attention, the opening ceremony of the 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC*) was held at 10 a.m. on October 1 at Songdo Convensia in Incheon. The ceremony was joined by 570 participants, including government delegates from 135 countries and the representatives of international organizations.

* Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): IPCC is an international organization founded by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Program in 1988. It wrote five assessment reports on the current status, impact, and responses regarding climate change, and it had 195 countries as its members.

A congratulatory video message from President Moon Jae-in was played during the ceremony. Participants from Korea included Kim Eunkyung, Minister of Environment, Kim Jongseok, Administrator of the Korea Meteorological Administration, and Park Namchun, Mayor of the Incheon Metropolitan City. Participants from overseas included Lee Hoesung, Chair of the IPCC, Elena Manaenkova, Deputy Secretary-General of the WMO, Jian Liu, Acting Director of the UN Environment’s Science Division, Youssef Nassef, Director of the Adaptation Programme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Abdalah Mokssit, IPCC Secretary.

“Abnormal climate events have become the new normal, threating the world. In particular, it’s regrettable that developing countries and socially vulnerable people are under more grievous situations,” stated President Moon Jae-in. “Climate change is the challenge we must solve” and “It requires the determination and action of the whole world,” the president emphasized.

In addition, the president stated, “I hope the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC is to be approved. It will become the foundation for a stronger international climate response.” And he promised, “Korea will fulfill its responsibilities and roles for the environment” and “deliver what we promised to international society faithfully.”

Lee Hoesung, Chair of the IPCC, commended the unconditional support from governments and the efforts of the authors in the “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC”. He promised to provide a reliable and detailed summary of the report for policymakers, and declared the opening of the session.

Elena Manaenkova, Deputy Secretary-General of the WMO, promised a continuous provision of scientific information regarding climate change, including extreme weather. Jian Liu, Acting Director of UN Environment’s Science Division, expressed a high expectation on the “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC,” which is to be approved during the session. Youssef Nassef, Director of the Adaptation Programme of UNFCCC, said that IPCC’s reports were very important for the negotiations on climate change, and that the UNFCCC wanted to strengthen cooperation with the IPCC.

Kim Eunkyung, Minister of Environment, reminded that extreme climate events were the warnings of nature, and emphasized that we must continue our effort to transition toward a sustainable low-carbon society.

Also, Kim Jongseok, Administrator of the Korea Meteorological Administration, hoped that the special report will be approved as planned, to become the driving force in overcoming the crises caused by climate change. And Park Namchun, Mayor of the Incheon Metropolitan City, stated that the efforts to make Incheon a green climate city were being made, and he hoped that valuable results could be achieved from the session.

The session will be held until October 5. Every sentence of the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC” will be reviewed during the session, and the report will be approved by the unanimous agreement of all member countries. After the approval, the report will be used as the main scientific basis of the Talanoa Dialogue* at the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC. COP 24 will be held from December 2 to the 14 of this year in Katowice, Poland.

*The Talanoa Dialogue: “Talanoa” means an inclusive, participatory, and transparent way of conversation used in the island countries of the Pacific Ocean. The Talanoa Dialogue is a meeting to review and accelerate the implementation of the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement. The dialogue is held throughout 2018, and has a preparatory phase and a political phase. 

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