The World Meteorological Organization welcomes the election of Hoesung Lee, of the Republic of Korea, as the new chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
“Hoesung Lee is a distinguished and accomplished expert in the economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development who assumes the leadership of the IPCC at a crucial time for the international community,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. “In two months time, world leaders gather in Paris to reach a global agreement on tackling climate change. The IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report is a key input into those negotiations,” he said.
The main messages of the Fifth Assessment report, completed 11 months ago, are compelling:
- Human influence on the climate system is clear
- The more we disrupt our climate, the more we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts
- We have the means to limit climate change and build a more prosperous and sustainable future
“The scientific community will need to continue monitoring climate change and its impacts at global, regional and local levels, as well as working on the solutions,” said Mr Jarraud. “The IPCC'’s work under the new Chair and leadership to be elected over the rest of this week will be critical to that work.”
“WMO will continue to support the vital work of the IPCC under its new leadership,” he said.
The IPCC was established by WMO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific assessment of the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts, as well as identifying climate change responses.
IPCC press release is here