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
* 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
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
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,
*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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