Press Releases

UNIS/INF/203
30 April 2007

Media Advisory

"Mitigation of Climate Change": IPCC to Release New Report

VIENNA, 30 April (UN Information Service) --  "Mitigation of Climate Change", the third volume of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, will be launched in Bangkok the 4 May 2007.

Following the release of the "Physical Science Basis" (Feb 07) and "Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability" (April 07) reports, the upcoming contribution of Working Group III of the IPCC focuses on mitigation of climate change through limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing activities that remove them from the atmosphere.

The report analyses mitigation options for the main sectors in the near-term, addressing also cross-sectorial matters such as synergies, co-benefits and trade-offs. It also provides information on long-term mitigation strategies for various concentration stabilization levels.

The Working Group III (WGIII) Plenary will gather in Bangkok to finalize its contribution to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report "Climate Change 2007". Media are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony of the Plenary Session, which will take place at 10 am on 30 April in the ESCAP Hall of the United Nations Building at the presence of the Thai Government represented by Mr. Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya, Permanent-Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Speakers will include Mr. Rajendra Pachauri, the Chair of the IPCC; Mr. David Goodrich, director of the Global Climate Observation System of the World Meteorological Organization and a representative from the United Nations Environment Programme. The ceremony will be chaired by Mr. Ogunlade Davidson, Co-chair of WG III.

The Summary for Policymakers of the report - the key document issued by the Plenary, that government delegates will approve line by line during the session, will be presented at a PRESS CONFERENCE:

  4 MAY.2007 - 1.00 pm
        Conference Room 3 - First Floor
        United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
        United Nations Building, Rajadamnern nok Avenue,
        Bangkok 10200 Thailand

Opening remarks will be made by Mr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of IPCC. Mr. Bert Metz, Co-chair of WG III, will present the Summary for Policy Makers. Other speakers will include WMO and UNEP representatives.  Many of the Lead Authors of the report will also be present at the press conference (please check IPCC website for details).

The press conference will be in English. It will be webcast live from the IPCC Internet site http://www.ipcc.ch . The Summary for Policymakers will also be made available in English on the website and in hard copies (one hour in advance) for reporters attending the press conference.

The publication of the WG III full report is expected in September 2007. If you would like any additional information, please contact the Technical Support Unit of WG III on ipcc3tsu@mnp.nl . However, the full WGIII Report, including 13 chapters and a Technical Summary, will be available online in its unedited version within 3 weeks from the press conference

To pre-accredit for the Opening Ceremony and the press conference and to pre-arrange interviews with the WGI Co-chairs or lead authors, please fill the online form youfind at http://www.ipcc.ch/acc_0507/

Username: 26thsession
         Password: bangkok0507

Please note that your pre-accreditation request will be accepted, unless otherwise communicated to you, with the online submission of the form (no automatic reply will be generated).

Please also note that the IPCC cannot arrange any interviews before the release of the Summary for Policymakers on the Friday, 4 May. All interviews have to be scheduled for that day or later on. Due to the time difference, please contact us in advance for phone interviews requests.

For more information on the report, its authors and the chapters outlines, please check the IPCC website www.ipcc.ch .

You can also contact one of the following persons:

Carola Traverso Saibante, IPCC Secretariat, Geneva, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 730 8066; +41-79- 666-7134 (portable)
Email: CSaibante@wmo.int

Michael Williams, United Nations Environment Programme, Geneva, Switzerland.
Phone: + 41-22-9178-242/244/196, +41-79-409-1528 (portable);
Email: michael.williams@unep.ch

Carine Richard-Van Maele, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 730 8315
Email:  cpa@wmo.int

Sophie Schlingemann, IPCC Secretariat, Geneva, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 730 8533
Email: sschlingemann@wmo.int