The Secretary of the IPCC, Renate Christ, holding the Nobel Prize Diploma, with (from right to left), Michel Jarraud, Former Secretary-General of WMO 04-15; Mostafa Tolba, former Executive Director of UNEP; and Yuri Izrael, Vice-Chair of IPCC
The joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize Award in 2007—the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore, former Vice-President of the USA and environmental campaigner—was announced on 12 October 2007. They were chosen for “their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".
The award ceremony took place at Oslo City Hall, Norway on 10 December 2007 in the presence of the King and Queen of Norway. Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of WMO also attended, as did Mostafa Tolba, former Executive Director of UNEP. The late Prof. G.O.P. Obasi, former Secretary-General of WMO, and Dr Tolba provided the inspiration and leadership which culminated in the establishment of the IPCC by the two Organizations in 1988.
In his presentation speech, the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said that, for a long time, there had been great doubt about whether global warming was man-made but that, thanks to the IPCC, there was very little such doubt today.
The Chairman of the IPCC, Rajendra Pachauri, received the award on behalf of the Panel and gave a lecture, in which he paid tribute to the thousands of experts and scientists who have contributed to the work of the Panel over almost two decades of evolution and service to humanity. He also expressed his gratitude to WMO and UNEP, the co-sponsors of IPCC, for their support.
In a statement, Mr Jarraud said that the honour reinforced the need to integrate science and its findings on climate change into the political decision-making process with respect to global warming. The work of the IPCC had shown how vital it was for the scientific evidence on climate change—and mankind’s role therein—to be used as the basis for moving forward the political process on curbing climate change. The integration of reliable information in socio-economic decision-making was a prerequisite for sustainable development.
The IPCC Secretariat is hosted at WMO Headquarters.
The Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony takes place on 10 December every year—the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death.
The Secretary-General with some of the past and present experts participating in the IPCC and members of the IPCC Secretariat