Geneva / New Delhi: The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, said on Tuesday it has re-elected chairman R.K. Pachauri for a second term.
Re-elected: Pachauri has been head of United Nations IPCC since 2002 and oversaw its seminal assessment report in 2007. Manish Swarup / AP
Pachauri, 67, has been head of the organization since 2002 and oversaw its seminal assessment report in 2007 which gave graphic forecasts of the risks posed by global warming.
The IPCC warned then that without action the planet’s rising temperatures could unleash potentially catastrophic change to earth’s climate system, leading to hunger, drought, storms and massive species loss.
The organization won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 along with former US vice-president Al Gore.
The IPCC was established in 1988 by World Meteorological Organisation and United Nations Environment Programme to evaluate the risk of climate change caused by human activity.
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the panel on Sunday at a ceremony to mark its twentieth anniversary.
Ban said the international community “will continue to look to the IPCC for guidance on the science and policy prescriptions needed to effectively address the obstacles ahead.”
Pachauri, who is also director-general of New Delhi-based The Energy and Resources Institute, was re-elected as chairman by IPCC at its ongoing plenary session in Geneva .
The Indian government in 2008 conferred on him the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian honour for his contribution to environmental science and research.
A new team elected by all member countries will lead IPCC through the preparation of it fifth assessment report, expected in 2014.