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IPCC elects Bureau for Sixth Assessment Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) completed the election of its new Bureau on Thursday, after electing Hoesung Lee of the Republic of Korea as its new Chair on Tuesday.

Dr Youba Sokona, a Malian, who is one of the three Vice-Chairs of the IPCC. Photo credit: www.unccd.int
Dr Youba Sokona, a Malian, who is one of the three Vice-Chairs of the IPCC. Photo credit: www.unccd.int

The new Bureau, which consists of 34 members, up from 31 in the previous Bureau, will lead the Panel as it works on the forthcoming Sixth Assessment Report. Members are drawn from all six of the IPCC’s regions, and include eight women, compared with five previously.

A list of the members of the new Bureau can be found here: http://www.ipcc.ch/nominations/results.shtml.

The Panel also elected its new Bureau for the Task Force on National Greenhouse Inventories (TFI), consisting of 14 members, including its two Co-Chairs. A list of members of the Task Force Bureau can be found here: http://www.ipcc.ch/nominations/results.shtml#tfb.

The two Task Force Bureau Co-Chairs are also members of the IPCC Bureau. “The new Bureau is a strong and diverse body, drawing on the richness and expertise of all the IPCC’s regions. I look forward to working with them on the Sixth Assessment Report,” said Lee.

The election took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where the IPCC held its 42nd Session. The IPCC also authorised the budget for the coming year. The IPCC completed its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) in November 2014.

The key findings of the AR5 Synthesis Report are:

– Human influence on the climate system is clear;

– The more we disrupt our climate, the more we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts; and

– We have the means to limit climate change and build a more prosperous, sustainable future.

The next Session of the IPCC will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 11-15 April, 2016.

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