A week ago, I had posted an open letter to the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The IPCC does not have a history of being particularly responsive – and certainly not in a timely fashion, as Australia’s Tony Thomas had noted in a recent post at Quadrant. Following his receipt of confirmation that the IPCC Chair, Rajendra K. Pachauri had received not two PhDs – as advertised in his IPCC bio – but one, Thomas had alerted the IPCC. Yet he reported that:
IPCC has, 18 months later, still not got around to correcting it
One hopes that when they do get around to making this particular correction, they will do so in a fashion that is somewhat more transparent than that which Donna Laframboise had recently commented was her experience a few years ago.
But I do believe in giving credit where credit is due!
Readers will recall that my open letter of July 12 pertained to submissions that had been received in response to a “background paper” on the Future of the IPCC. And I’m pleased to report that, while I did not receive an acknowledgement or response from the IPCC Secretariat, my subsequent correspondence with Jonathan Lynn (IPCC Head, Communications and Media Relations) to whom I had forwarded my open letter on July 16, was cordial and informative.
So, thanks to Lynn, I can now report that …
The IPCC will be discussing this item at their 37th Session to be held in Batumi, Georgia, October 14-18, 2013. The Provisional Annotated Agenda (PAA, which I might add seems to be an improvement over previous such documents I’ve seen) is now available, along with a compilation of the 29 government responses (compared to 37 such responses in 2008) received to date. This compilation includes as an annex the letter of invitation as well as the background paper.
Both of these pdf files are available from links on the Batumi meeting page on the IPCC site, which I gather will be updated to include other relevant documents as they become available. It is worth noting that in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, as indicated in the PAA:
Pre-session documentation will not be distributed on paper. The IPCC papersmart system will allow registered participants to access session documents in electronic format during the meeting on a dedicated web portal via individual credentials linked to their registration. [...]
One would hope that this does not mean that such session documents may not be available to the public. No doubt, time will tell! But I digress …
I haven’t yet had an opportunity to read any of this material beyond an initial skim; and it may (or may not) provide details which I could discuss in another post on another day! But in the meantime …
Well done, IPCC :-)