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UNEP chief addresses session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Busan, Republic of Korea, 11 October 2010 - Your Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Dr. Pachauri and Members of the IPCC, Ladies and Gentlemen: May I begin by thanking the Government of Republic of Korea for agreeing to host this important meeting. Your country has been an exceptional host to a series of United Nations and other international events this year.

Over the coming four days, delegates to this 32nd Session of the IPCC will discuss complex issues and adopt important decisions.

  • The progress in implementation of the IPCC fifth assessment report is of course on the top of the agenda.

  • But the plenary is also an important moment in terms of the evolution of the IPCC in respect to its procedures and processes and in terms of the responsibilities and challenges it faces in bringing the best, impartial risk assessment of climate science to policy-makers.

I will not go into the extraordinary events of the past year in terms of the questioning and sometimes heated debate surrounding the science of climate change - everyone in this room knows the story.

  • It has certainly had consequences in terms of public opinion, and the public policy arena.

Therefore this plenary is as much about leadership, restoring public confidence in the IPCC, and fitting it for a new century as much as it is about AR-5.

  • Indeed a rigorous, credible and convincing AR5-at least in terms of the global public-may in part rest on your decisions here in terms of this scientific body and the way it operates and communicates.

  • Before you are the recommendations of the outcome of the Review of the IPCC Processes and Procedures organized by the InterAcademy Council - jointly requested by the Chairman of the IPCC, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri and the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon. This request followed discussions that took place at the UNEP Governing Council's Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GMEF) held in Bali, Indonesia in February 2010.

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UNEP: Climate Change

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

InterAcademy Council (IAC)

UNEP Governing Council's Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-25/GMEF)

Global Environmental Outlook (GEO)


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