The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Scoping Meeting for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), convened in Venice, Italy, from 13-17 July 2009. A Chair's Vision Paper released prior to the meeting outlined the IPCC Chair's expectations for the conduct and structure of the Scoping Meeting and ideas regarding the content of the AR5, and indicated that the economics of climate change and humanitarian aspects of climate change are emerging as central to future assessments. Following the Scoping Meeting, IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri reported that the AR5 will “be heavy on regional details and examine integrated approaches to climate adaptation and mitigation, irrespective of the outcome” of the Copenhagen climate change meeting in December.

Links to further information

IPCC AR5 website

IPCC Chair press conference

UK Guardian News release, 20 July 2009