The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will continue to make vital contributions in response to the needs of an increasingly vulnerable developing world, according to WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud in an opening address to the IPCC’s Bureau meeting in Geneva.
“Your key meeting takes place in an encouraging context, since a number of controversies have been overcome and, as a result of the InterAcademy Council (IAC) independent review of IPCC policies and procedures conducted last year, which WMO supported from the beginning, your Panel is emerging stronger, both structurally and in terms of its global credibility,” Jarraud told the Bureau.
Jarraud said that at the sixteenth World Meteorological Congress 16 May 3 June, he would advocate for WMO to continue supporting the IPCC. WMO hosts the IPCC Secretariat and is a co-sponsor of the Panel, along with the United Nations Environment Programme.
“I am also confident that the IPCC will continue to make vital contributions in response to the needs of an increasingly vulnerable developing world,” he said. He singled out the release late in 2011 of the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation, as well as the IPCC Scholarship Programme which promotes the involvement of scientists from developing countries.