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IPCC 37 Adopts Methodological Reports, Hears Updates on AR5 Progress

IPCC18 October 2013: The 37th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 37) considered and adopted two methodology reports: '2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands' (Wetlands Supplement) and '2013 Revised Supplementary Methods and Good Practice Guidance Arising from the Kyoto Protocol' on land use, land-use change and forestry (KP LULUCF Supplement).

The IPCC also undertook initial discussions on mapping its future, and agreed to establish a task group on the future of the IPCC, which would meet in conjunction with IPCC sessions, report on progress at IPCC 39 and IPCC 40, and make recommendations to IPCC 41.

Convening in the midst of the finalization of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), the meeting addressed important issues in preparation for a significant period of the IPCC's work, including communications, outreach, transparency, reducing the carbon footprint of IPCC activities, programme and budget, conflict of interest, matters related to the UNFCCC and other international bodies. The Panel also heard progress reports in preparation of the AR5.

IPCC 37 was held from 14-17 October 2013 in Batumi, Georgia. [IISD RS Coverage of IPCC 37] [IPCC Website] [IPCC Press Release] [IPCC 37 Documents and Decisions]