Established in 1988, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) celebrates its thirty year anniversary in 2018. On March 13, the 47th session of the main international body on climate science starts with official celebrations organized by the French government at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

With the speeches of IPCC President Hoesung Lee and of French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot, the commemoration is expected to recall the origins and history of the IPCC and look forward to the future role of IPCC in education and research.

The 47th session resumes from March 14 to 16 to discuss the several tasks currently being carried out by the IPCC, such as the Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C, due to be finalized in early October 2018. The Special Report will be a key input of the first informal stocktake of countries’ climate pledges and efforts under the Paris Agreement, planned during the UNFCCC climate conference this year in Katowice, Poland (COP24).

Read IPCC’s official release about the 47th Session and the the 30 years. celebrations