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5. POSSIBLE IPCC SPECIAL REPORT ON EXTREME EVENTS AND DISASTERS:
MANAGING THE RISKS
Mr Vicente Barros, WG II Co-Chair, presented under IPCC-XXX/Doc.14 a scoping paper for a special
report on "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation",
prepared with Mr Field and Mr van Ypersele, as a result of the "scoping meeting" held in Oslo in March
2009, with the support of the Norwegian authorities and the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
(ISDR). Mr Field provided additional complementary information. A large number of constructive
comments were made and the Panel approved the Special Report proposal, confirming the composition of
the Steering Committee, asking it to take into account all comments received. The Chairman proposed to add
one ISDR representative to the Steering Committee, in order to ensure proper coordination with this
organization, while the responsibility and ownership of the report will remain with IPCC.
6. MATTERS RELATED TO THE UNFCCC
Mr Stocker presented, on behalf of its scientific committee, the conclusions of the expert meeting on the
"science of alternative metrics", as outlined in IPCC-XXX/Doc.13, hosted by Norway in March 2009. It
provides important conclusions in response to the UNFCCC request, and as input to the scientific community
and to the AR5 scoping process. A full report will be available shortly, on the web within a few weeks, and
subsequently in print.
The Panel decided that the full report be sent to UNFCCC with a cover letter prepared by IPCC Chair. At the
suggestion of IPCC Secretary, it proposed that this topic be presented at SBSTA in June 2009 as one element
of an IPCC side event.
7. PROGRAMME AND BUDGET FOR 2009 TO 2014
Mrs Renate Christ, Secretary of the IPCC, introduced IPCC-XXX/Doc.3, which presents the status of
income and expenditure for the Trust Fund as of 31 December 2008, an analysis of expenditures during the
AR4 period as requested by the Panel, and the budget proposals. Mrs Christ submitted to the adoption of the
Panel a revised 2009 and a 2010 budget, as well as a forecast budget for 2011, and indicative budgets for the
period 2012-2014, that is up to the end of the new assessment period. The Panel would have the opportunity
to adjust 2010 and future budgets at P-31, following decisions expected to be taken on the AR5 scoping. Mrs
Christ drew the attention of the Panel on the recent decrease of voluntary contributions and made a plea to
countries for reinforcing their support to IPCC, informing the Panel that the annual letters to governments
would be sent shortly after the budget decisions of this meeting. She also drew the attention of the Panel on
the possibility for IPCC to consider offsetting IPCC carbon footprints as described in IPCC-XXX/INF.5.
Mrs Christ informed the Panel about the composition of the Financial Task Team (FiTT), renewed by the
Chairman following proposals made by the Bureau at its 38th Session, mentioning that its meetings are open
to all delegations. The FiTT membership includes the representatives from Spain (Ms Conchita Martinez)
and Sudan (Mr Ismail Elgizouli) as Co-Chairs, and the representatives from Republic of Korea (Mr Jeong-
Gyoo Park), of Maldives (Mr Amjad Abdulla), of New Zealand (Mr Howard Larsen) and of the United
States of America (Mr Trigg Talley) as regular members. Mrs Martinez was unable to attend this Session.
One of the major budget items proposed by the panel was the proposed reinforcement of the Secretariat,
Mr Warrilow presented the report for the Task Group which was set up by IPCC-28, contained in document
19. He emphasized that the IPCC Secretariat was the only permanent body in the IPCC structure, provides
essential central coordination, continuity and consistency of information and records. He also noted that the
Secretariat is under great pressure because of the increased focus on IPCC since the publication of AR4. The
Secretary provided additional information and clarification on the type of work carried out by the Secretariat
and additional needs required. She emphasized in particular the need for at additional staff with scientific
technical knowledge in areas covered by the IPCC in order to facilitate and ensure the timely implementation
of the IPCC work-programme, to follow the assessment work, be able to identify gaps, overlaps or
inconsistencies, and inter alia to assist the IPCC Chair and other Bureau members tasked with specific
assignments in particular cross cutting matters, to provide further support for active developing country
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