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New UN CC:Learn Affiliated Resources Support Scientists in Participating in the IPCC Assessment Processes

17 January 2020

The new mini e-course on "How to Review IPCC Assessment Reports – Webinars and Guidance for Climate Experts", developed by Future Climate for Africa (FCFA), in collaboration with South-South-North and Climate Contact Consultancy, is the latest resource recognized by the UN CC:Learn affiliation programme. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is regarded as the leading United Nations' body assessing climate change science, and it has been producing the most comprehensive publications on climate change since 1990. The IPCC assessment reports are often the main scientific data taken into account by policymakers all over the world when developing climate change policies. 

The newly launched mini e-course aims at increasing the involvement of expert reviewers from all developing countries in the development of IPCC reports. In particular, it enables first-time reviewers and early career climate experts to understand how the IPCC reporting process works, and how they can contribute to its draft reports by providing review comments on specific chapters and sections, building on their specific knowledge, research and expertise. By increasing the participation of reviewers from developing countries, more local and regional data can be added into the final versions of the reports. This helps to balance out the scientific knowledge and to provide a more thorough overview of the latest facts, data and information related to climate change.

The mini e-course is comprised of two webinars, divided into a series of 5-10 minute videos, each focusing on a specific topics :

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

  • 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

This webinar is presented by Dr Leo Meyer and Prof Jean-Pascal van Ypersele.

Webinar 2: How to review an IPCC draft report, including:

  • 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 and non-English scientific literature
  • Phrasing effective review comments
  • Practical hints and further guidance material

This webinar is presented by Prof Arthur Petersen and Dr Leo Meyer. 

Learners have the possibility to freely watch any video, depending on their interests, and to download the full presentation in PDF. Video recordings with subtitles in French and Spanish are also available, supported by translated materials. This new resource can be accessed on the UN CC:Learn e-learning platform. 

The UN CC:Learn affiliation programme highlights high-quality e-learning products on climate change developed by recognized institutions outside the framework of the UN CC:Learn programme / without support from the UN CC:Learn Secretariat, in accordance with specific affiliation criteria. The objective of the UN CC:Learn affiliation programme is to enhance global climate literacy through dissemination of high-level learning products that complement UN CC:Learn resources.


About UN CC:Learn

UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates learning interventions through a collaboration of UN agencies and other partners. At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing and implementing national climate change learning strategies. Through its engagement at the national and global levels, UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC on training, education and public awareness-raising, and the 2012-2020 Doha Work Programme. Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).