A total of nine African representatives emerged as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) completed its elections in Nairobi on Saturday, July 29, 2023.
During the four-day long 59th Session, the member governments elected the new IPCC Bureau comprising 34 members, including the new IPCC Chair and three Vice-Chairs. The Panel also elected the 12 members of the Task Force Bureau on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI).
Out of the lot, Tanzania presented one of the three IPCC Vice-Chairs, Ghana and Senegal the Working Group I Vice-Chairs, Gambia and Kenya the Working Group II Vice-Chairs, Algeria and Republic of Congo the Working Group III Vice-Chairs, as well as Chad and Egypt the Task Force Bureau members.
The elections, which took place in Nairobi from July 25 to 28, mark the end of the IPCC’s sixth assessment cycle and the beginning of the seventh assessment.
The newly elected members of the IPCC Bureau are:
IPCC Chair: Jim Skea (United Kingdom)
IPCC Vice-Chairs: Ladislaus Chang’a (United Republic of Tanzania), Diana Ürge-Vorsatz (Hungary) and Ramón Pichs-Madruga (Cuba)
Working Group I Co-Chairs: Robert Vautard (France) and Xiaoye Zhang (China)
Working Group II Co-Chairs: Bart van den Hurk (Netherlands) and Winston Chow (Singapore)
Working Group III Co-Chairs: Katherine Calvin (United States of America) and Joy Jacqueline Pereira (Malaysia)
Task Force Bureau on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Co-Chairs: Takeshi Enoki (Japan) and Mazhar Hayat (Pakistan)
Working Group I Vice-Chairs: Nana Ama Browne Klutse (Ghana), Aida Diongue (Senegal), Maheswar Rupakheti (Nepal), Inés Camilloni (Argentina), Sherilee Harper (Canada), Edvin Aldrian (Indonesia) as well as Sonia Seneviratne (Switzerland)
Working Group II Vice-Chairs: Adelle Thomas (Bahamas), Fatima Denton (Gambia), Cromwel Lukorito (Kenya), Raman Sukumar (India), Laura Gallardo (Chile), Carlos Mendez (Venezuela), Zinta Zommers (Latvia) as well as Mark Howden (Australia)
Working Group III Vice-Chairs: Jan Sigurd Fuglestvedt (Norway), Siir Kilkis (Türkiye), Oliver Geden (Germany), Eduardo Calvo (Peru), Malak Al Nory (Saudi Arabia), Noureddine Yassa (Algeria) as well as Gervais Itsoua Madzous (Republic of the Congo)
The 12 newly elected members of the Task Force Bureau are: Hamid Abaka Souleymane (Chad), Samir Tantawi (Egypt), Amjad Abdulla (Maldives), Irma Fabiola Ramirez-Hernandez (Mexico), Melissa Weitz (USA), Giacomo Grassi (Italy), Mohammad Rahimi (Iran), Yasna Rojas (Chile), Laura Elena Dawidowski (Argentina), Joni Jupesta (Indonesia), Mohd Talib Latif (Malaysia) as well as Maria José Sanz Sanchez (Spain).