Synthesis Report of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

GENEVA, 24 September – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will consider the Synthesis Report of the Fifth Assessment Report in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 27-31 October 2014. The IPCC will approve the Summary for Policymakers and adopt the Synthesis Report.

The Synthesis Report is the capstone of an assessment report. As its name implies, it distills, synthesizes and integrates the findings of the working group contributions into a concise document.

This integrated approach allows the Synthesis Report to draw together the assessment of past changes in climate as well as projections for the future from the three working group reports already released as well as the two Special Reports brought out in 2011. It covers both adaptation and mitigation to provide an overview of possible risks and solutions. A synthesis approach allows authors to highlight contrasts and make comparisons between findings from different working groups. These comparisons provide critically important information for policymakers.

Press conference
A press conference to present the Synthesis Report will be held following its adoption:

When: 11.00 a.m. Copenhagen time on Sunday 2 November 2014 (05.00 EST, 10.00 GMT, 18.00 Beijing, 19.00 Tokyo)
Where: Tivoli Congress Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Chairman of the IPCC, Rajendra K. Pachauri, will present the report. Other panellists will include United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel Jarraud, and the Secretary of the IPCC, Renate Christ. Authors that have contributed to the report will be present.

The Synthesis Report, press release and other materials will be posted online at the start of the
press conference. The press conference will be webcast live. The IPCC will communicate the
address for the webcast nearer the time.

Opening session
The IPCC will hold its opening session on Monday, 27 October 2014, from 10.00 to 11.00
Copenhagen time at the Tivoli Congress Center, Copenhagen, Denmark.

This opening session is open to media. It will be addressed by the IPCC Chair and senior representatives from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the WMO, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the host country.

For the opening session a limited number of places is available for media in the conference hall.
Priority will be given to wire services and local media. Otherwise, the IPCC meeting is closed to the
public and to media.

Access to materials under embargo

The Synthesis Report, the press release and any other press materials will be made available to media under embargo on the day before the press conference. Please note that registering for the opening session and/or the press conference will not automatically provide you with access to embargoed materials. Media representatives who want access to the embargoed materials must check the option for “embargo” on the online form, regardless of whether they are registering to
attend the press conference or not.

The embargo will run until the start of the press conference. Registered media will receive an email alert when the embargoed material is posted. The exact time that the embargoed material is made available will depend on the time the plenary adopts the report. Registering for access will require media representatives to agree to adhere to the terms of the embargo. Failure to adhere to the conditions will result in that journalist or media outlet being excluded from future embargo arrangements.

Registration for press conference and opening session and access to embargo materials

The IPCC operates its own registration and accreditation system, which is based on the media accreditation guidelines of the United Nations. Please also check our accreditation and registration FAQs. For the Synthesis Report, this system has been revised and simplified in response to media feedback.

Media representatives wishing to attend the press conference and/or the opening session in person and/or get access to embargo materials must complete the online form available on the IPCC media portal here: Please ensure that you have scanned copies of your credentials ready when you start filling in the form as the system will not allow you to proceed without uploading these. Credentials should be uploaded in a single file (PDF).

The credentials that are required are:
A letter of assignment requesting accreditation on official letterhead of a media organization, signed by the publisher, editor-in-chief, or assignment editor. It should include the name and duration of assignment of the journalist; and
A valid press card; or a valid media accreditation badge for the United Nations in New York, Geneva, Vienna or Nairobi. If you do not have a press card, please submit 3 recent samples of your work in a relevant area.

Before filling in the form, please carefully read the guidelines below, which need to be followed by all users, including media representatives who have used the system before.

On the IPCC media portal, follow the following steps:

  • Click “Request Access”
  • Read carefully the conditions and click “Yes I agree to respect the terms of the embargo”, if you agree
  • Fill in the “Request Access” form:
    • Select the event;
    • Select from the following options: opening session; press conference, embargo. You can choose one, two or all options;
    • Upload your credentials in a single PDF file;
    • Click “Request Access” to submit the form.

The IPCC media team will review your credentials and when approved you will receive an email with your personal log-in details. Please note that due to the high number of requests, this might take a number of days.

If you have used the system before, the email that you will receive will indicate that you should use “Your global IPCC password”, which refers to your previous password. In case you have lost it, please click “Forgot password” on the IPCC media portal.

Registration details
Each member of your media team should register separately in order to get access to the venue. If you work as a photographer or as part of a TV crew you are asked to indicate this on the letter of assignment so that the IPCC can plan sufficient space. Please also state any special requirements, e.g. for TV crews.

There is limited space for satellite trucks. If you will need space for this, please let us know on your letter of assignment. Please also indicate whether you would like satellite broadcast facilities.

The deadline for registration for the press conference and opening session is Wednesday, 15 October 2014.

In order to get access to the opening session and press conference venue, you will need to pick up your press badge at the media registration desk at the Tivoli Congress Center in Copenhagen. The desk will be open at the following times:

  • Sunday, 26 October 2014, from 4 pm to 6 pm
  • Monday, 27 October 2014, from 8 am to 10 am
  • Saturday, 1 November 2014, from 4 pm to 6 pm
  • Sunday, 2 November 2014, from 8 am to 11 am

To facilitate the process, please bring with you the original credentials that you submitted with your request and your passport or a valid ID. We advise you to pick up your badges as early as possible.

Other arrangements
The IPCC will advise nearer the time how to request interviews both in person at the site of the press conference and by phone or email, and issue a further advisory on arrangements for broadcasters.

For more information contact:
IPCC Press Office, Email:
Jonathan Lynn, + 41 22 730 8066
Werani Zabula, + 41 22 730 8120
Nina Peeva, + 41 22 730 8142

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