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NEWS: How to review IPCC Assessment Reports – webinars and guidance for climate experts

Climate experts from developing countries are invited to join a webinar series reviewing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports, facilitated by Future Climate for Africa and CDKN.

The objective of these webinars is to increase the involvement of expert reviewers from developing countries in IPCC reports, focusing on the first draft of the Working Group II report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability for the Sixth Assessment Report. The Working Group II review period will be from 18 October to 13 December 2019. The webinars will be delivered by international experts with extensive past involvement in the IPCC.


The IPCC periodically assesses scientific literature on climate change and how to deal with it. Since 1990, has provided the main scientific background for climate change policies all over the world. The webinars will enable participants – and especially first-time reviewers and early career climate experts – to understand how the IPCC works and how to influence its draft reports, by providing review comments on chapters (or sections, or just one paragraph or figure). This will help the authors to include more science and to increase the relevance for policy makers.

It is particularly important that reviewers from developing countries with much regional and local knowledge bring their expertise into the IPCC assessments, in order to keep a balance of scientific input from all regions of the world. Therefore, the webinars are aimed at participants from developing countries, especially from the African, Latin American and Southeast Asian regions.

1.  Webinar 1: How the IPCC and its review process works

Tuesday 15 October 2019 | 14:30-15:45 CEST/SAST | Register here

Presented by Dr Leo Meyer and Prof Jean-Pascal van Ypersele

  • The role of the IPCC
  • Governance and structure
  • IPCC products
  • What is an Assessment, ‘IPCC style’
  • The assessment process including its reviews
  • Interactions of the IPCC with society and policy making

2. Webinar 2: How to review an IPCC draft report

Tuesday 22 October 2019 | 14:30 – 15:45 CES/SAST | Register here

Presented by Prof Arthur Petersen and Dr Leo Meyer

  • Review procedures
  • How to find your way in a draft IPCC report
  • Judging draft texts, diagrams and figures
  • Analysis of the validity of a statement
  • The appropriate usage of grey literature and non-English scientific literature
  • Phrasing effective review comments
  • Practical hints and further guidance material

3. One-on-one feedback

by the presenters to those participants who wish to receive personal feedback and guidance in phrasing their review comments on the Draft Working Group II IPCC report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. Registration will be open from 22 October to 8 November 2019. This will be available to 30 individuals on a first-come-first-served basis.

Although the webinars are timed for the Expert Review period of the First Order Draft of Working Group II report (18 October – 13 December), the content will also be relevant to experts interested in reviewing any of the other IPCC assessment reports in future.

Webinar structure and schedule

The webinars will be conducted in English, and translated into Spanish and French. There will be two 75-minute webinars, consisting of 60 minutes of live presentations and 15 minutes for questions and answers. The webinars will be recorded and made available on the FCFA and CDKN YouTube channels afterwards.

Useful links

o   Registration as an Expert Reviewer to the  AR6 IPCC First Order Draft Working Group II report:

o   Chapter outline of the  AR6 IPCC WG II report:

o   How to participate in the IPCC:

o   Comprendre le GIEC (fr):

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