The Working Group III (WG III) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) focuses its work on the mitigation of climate change. Like the other two working groups of the IPCC, WG III is currently preparing the 5th Assessment Report (AR5) to be published in 2014. In order to advance this work, WGIII will hold its Fourth Lead Author Meeting (LAM4) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 1 to 5 July 2013.

LAM4 will be hosted by the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), a centre of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

About Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, sometimes spelled Addis Abeba, is the capital city of Ethiopia. It is the largest city in the country, with a population estimated at 4 million. Its name means “new flower” and the city was founded by Emperor Menelik II in 1887. Situated in the foothills of the Entoto Mountains and standing 2,400 metres above sea level, it is the third highest capital in the world.

As a chartered city, Addis Ababa has the status of both a city and a state. It is where the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and numerous other continental and international organizations are based. For this reason, Addis Ababa is often referred to as "the political capital of Africa", due to its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent. Find more information about Addis Ababa at www.addisababacity.gov.et.


The Venue

The main venue of the meeting will be the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) within the premises of UNECA in the Kazanchis area of Addis Ababa. The address is:

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Menelik II Rd
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

ECA buses will transport participants to and from the meeting according to the schedule below:

Venue Transport

SIE: 29 and 30 June 2013

Buses departure time

LAM4: 01 to 05 July 2013

Buses departure times

Pickup from hotels

(wait in hotel lobby)


Monday 01 July:



Tuesday 02 July:



Wednesday 03 –Friday 05 July:


Return from UNCC

(gather at ‘Delegates Assembly’ at the space between UNCC and the security registration entrance)



Monday 01 July:



Tuesday 02 July (for dinner event):


Wednesday 03 – Thursday 04 July:



Friday 05 July:



Please note: UNECA shuttle transport to UNCC and back is only available for hotels listed on the meeting’s website. Participants who stay in other hotels are responsible for their mode of transport to UNCC.

Blue taxis may be requested from the hotel lobby or taken at UNECA gate No 2 (no taxis are allowed into the UNECA compound), where the ID-badge (see below) or passport and invitation letter need to be shown to enter. The average cost between UNECA and most of the hotels is 100 to 150birr.

A map of the LAM4 conference location is provided below (All buildings are within 300m of each other.):


  1. The Africa Hall including the rotunda area
  2. Old ECA Building (home to many UN agencies)
  3. The ECA Main Building (UNECA headquarters and other UN agencies)
  4. The UN Conference Center(UNCC) Building
  5. The Right Wing Block
  6. The Left Wing Block

For directions to the conference venue, see the Google map below:

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