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IPCC Extreme Weather Memo

IPCC Extreme Weather Memo

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A memo sent to Environment Minister Peter Kent, from his deputy minister, Paul Boothe, recommends a "low-profile" communications plan surrounding a new international report by the IPCC, that suggests extreme weather events are actually being caused by human activity.
A memo sent to Environment Minister Peter Kent, from his deputy minister, Paul Boothe, recommends a "low-profile" communications plan surrounding a new international report by the IPCC, that suggests extreme weather events are actually being caused by human activity.

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MEMORANDUM'T'OMINISTER
M1N-15047734THSESSIONOFTHEINTERGOVERNMENTALPANELONCLIMATECHANGE
(ForInformation)
PURPOSE
ToprovideyouwithinformationonCanada'sapproachtothe34thSessionoftheIntergovernmental
Panel
onClimateChange([PCC).
SUMMARY
Canadawillparticipateinthe34thSessionoftheJPCCinKampala,Uganda,fromNovember14to19,2011.Therearetwomainobjectivesforthis
meeting:
(i)toapprovetheIPCCSpecialReportonManagingtheRisksofExtremeEventsandDisasterstoAdvanceClimateChangeAdaptation(SREX);and
(ii)
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furtherimplementtheIPCC'sresponsetothe2010InterAcademyCouncilreviewoftheIPCC'sgovernance,procedures,andmanagement.Dr.KarenDodds(AssistantDeputyMinister,ScienceandTechnology)isCanada'sIPCCFocalPointandwillleadtheCanadiandelegation.Shewillbesupported
by
expertandtechnicalofficialsfromEnvironmentCanada,ForeignAffairsandInternationalTradeCanada,andNaturalResourcesCanada(seeAnnex
J).
TheSpecialReportonManagingtheRisksofExtremeEventsandDisasterstoAdvanceClimateChangeAdaptationwillbereleasedshortlyinadvanceofthe17thConferenceofthePartiestotheUnitedNationsFrameworkConventiononClimateChange(UNFCCC)(COP17).
It
isexpectedthat"therewillbehigherthanusualinterestinthereport'sfindings.TheIPCCwillholdapressconferencetobriefthemediaonthereportdirectlyfollowingthePanel'sapprovalofthereport.Acommunicationsplanrecommendingalow-profile,responsiveapproachforthe34thSessionoftheIPCCisbeingprepared..
CONTEXTANDCURRENTSTATUS
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IPCCisanintergovernmentalorganizationthatassessesscientific,technical,andsocio-economicinformationrelevanttounderstandingclimatechange,itspotentialimpacts,andoptionsforadaptationandmitigation.Thefocusofthe34thsessionofthe
IPec
willbeontheSpecialReportonManagingtheRisksofExtremeEventsandDisasterstoAdvanceClimateChangeAdaptation.Thereportisanassessmentoftheeffectsofclimatechangeonextremeweatherandclimateeventsandtheirinfluenceondisasters;andthepotentialforclimatechangeadaptationandriskmanagementtoreducetherisksofnegativeimpacts.Governmentswillbeaskedtoapprovethe
Summary
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focusontheIPCC'sworktoreform
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by
theInterAcademyCouncil.Mostofthemajordecisionson
reforming
the
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weretakenattheprevioussessionoftheIPCC,including
decisions
toformanewIPCCexecutivecommittee,toadopttermsofreferencefortheIPCCBureau(thescientificadvisorycommitteeoftheIPCC),toadoptanewIPCCconflictofinterestpolicy,andtoadoptnewguidance
forimproving
lPCC
communications.
At
the34thSessionoftheIPCC,furtherdecisions
will
betakentoapprove(i)animplementation
planand
disclosureformfor
the
fPCC'sconflictofinterestpolicy;
(ii)
termsofreference
for
theadministrativebodies
ofthe
IPee
(theIPCC
Secretariatandtechnical
support
units);
(iii)
revisedproceduresfarpreparing
IPce
reports;and(iv)aformalIPCC
communication
strategy(reflectingthecommunicationsguidancealreadyapprovedattheprevioussessionoftheIPCC).
CONSIDERATIONS
Thefindingsofthe
Special
ReportonManagingtheRisksofExtremeEventsandDisastersto
Advance
ClimateChangeAdaptationwillberelevanttotheUnitedNationsFrameworkConventiononClimateChangeWorkProgrammeonlossanddamage,establishedundertheCancunAdaptationFrameworktoconsiderapproachestoaddressinglossanddamageassociatedwithclimate
change
impactsindevelopingcountriesthatareparticularlyvulnerabletoadverseeffects.Themainfindingsofthereportincludethefollowing."Thereisevidence(basedonobservationssince1950)thatsomeclimateextremeshavechanged
ona
global
scale
asaresultof
anthropogenicinfl
uences,suchasanincreaseintheextremedailymaximumandminimum
temperatures
and
intensification
ofextremeprecipitation.'"Economic
losses
fromweather-and
climate-related
disasters
are
increasing,buttrendsineconomiclossesfromdisasterscannotbereliablyattributedtoclimatechange.
"Future
changes
in
exposure,
vulnerability
andclimateextremes,andsocioeconomicdevelopmentcanaltertheimpactsofclimateextremesonnaturalandhumansystemsandthepotentialfordisasters."Observed
and
projectedtrendsinexposure,vulnerability,andclimateextremescanguidedesignofriskmanagementandadaptation
strategies,
RefertoAnnexIIfor
a:
fulllistingofdraftfindings.
s.69(1)(g)re:(c)
DEPARTMENTALPOSITION
.FortheapprovaloftheSummaryforPolicyrnakersoftheSpecialReportonManagingtheRisksof
Extreme
EventsandDisasterstoAdvanceClimateChangeAdaptation,theCanadiandelegation'smainobjectiveswillbetoensurethatthesummaryremains
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policymakers
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will
supportcontinuedprogress
by
theIPCC
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of
theIPCC'sassessmentprocess.
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