At the conclusion of each assessment process the IPCC generally reflects on the report preparation process and draws lessons to inform consideration of the IPCC's future work
programmes and processes. In this context it also addresses questions such as mandate of the IPCC Working Groups, structure and scope of future reports, and timing of IPCC products.
At its 37th Session (Batumi, Georgia, 14-18 October 2013) the Panel initiated a discussion about future work of the IPCC after the completion of the Fifth Assessment cycle.
In preparation of the Session governments were invited to submit their initial views on which topics and questions should be addressed with respect to the future work of the IPCC.
The Panel at its 37th Session decided to set up a Task Group to help the IPCC to continue to improve its operation and products. The Task Group developed options and recommendations
for consideration by the Panel on future products of the IPCC, the appropriate structure and modus operandi for the production of these IPCC products and ways to ensure enhancement of
the participation and contribution of developing countries in the future work of the IPCC. The Task Group drew on multiple sources, including input and submissions from scientists, governments,
observer organizations and other relevant stakeholders.
The process was completed at the 41st Session of the IPCC (Nairobi, Kenya, 24-27 February 2015) when, according to IPCC procedures, the Panel agreed on the size,
structure and composition of the next IPCC Bureau. Decisions from that meeting are here.
Elections for the new IPCC Bureau and Task force Bureau were held during the 42nd Session of the IPCC in Dubrovnik, Croatia in October 2015. Results of the elections are available here.