The IPCC has finalized the first part of the Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis, the Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report. It was finalized on 6 August 2021 during the 14th Session of Working Group I and 54th Session of the IPCC.
The Sixth Assessment Report consists of contributions from each of the three IPCC Working Groups and a Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates the Working Group contributions and the Special Reports produced in the cycle.
The meeting to draft the outline of the Sixth Assessment Report took place in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) in May 2017. The draft outlines were approved by the 46th Session of the Panel in September 2017.
The First Order Draft of the Working Group I contribution to AR6 underwent an expert review (29 April – 23 June 2019).
The Second Order Draft was reviewed by governments and experts from 2 March 2020. It was initially scheduled to end on 26 April, but closed on 5 June.
Between 4 May to 20 June 2021, the final draft of the Working Group I contribution was circulated to governments for comment on the Summary for Policymakers in preparation for the 14th Session of Working Group I and 54th Session of the IPCC.