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Vice Chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calls on Minister Mushahid Ullah Khan

Islamabad, April 17, 2015 (PPI-OT): Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, on Friday called on Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan. Held here in the office of the federal minister in the Ministry of Climate Change, both sides discussed at length various matters regarding the negative impacts of climate change on different countries including Pakistan.

Jean-Pascal van Ypersele is professor of climatology and environmental sciences at the Universite catholique de Louvain in Belgium. He has held the position of vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for seven years and is now contesting for the role of chair of IPCC to succeed Indian Dr. Rajendra Pachauri who stepped down in February this year.

He urged the federal minister to ask the Pakistani government to support his election for the IPCC chair. Federal Minister assured him of his government’s all-out support in favour his candidacy for the seat of the IPCC chair.

“Since I know that Pakistan’s Foreign Office is deliberating who to support for IPCC chair in the upcoming election for the slot, I will personally approach my government to cast vote in favour of Belgian-based candidate Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele,” the minister told the IPCC vice chair.

The impressive qualification of Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele and his passion and will for taking IPCC to a level that boost case of the climate change to a level, which will push the rich nations to contribute financially and technically to make the world climate-resilient, are plausible justifications for Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele to qualify for the slot of IPCC chair, Mushahid Ullah Khan expressed during the meeting.

The election for a new IPCC Bureau, including the IPCC Chair, will take place during the 42nd session of the IPCC from October 6-10, 2015. Different countries including Russia and America have nominated their different scientists, experts in the field of climate change, agriculture, water, energy, glaciers, mountains, rivers for the election for the IPCC chair. The IPCC was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 1988.

The role of IPCC is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. IPCC reports should be neutral with respect to policy, although they may need to deal objectively with scientific, technical and socio-economic factors relevant to the applications of particular policies.

Its most recent assessment on climate change was finalized in 2014. The IPCC is open to all member countries of the UN and WMO. Currently 195 countries are members of the IPCC. The Federal Minister said that the role of IPCC is of unprecedented importance given its role and contributions in raising the case of climate change through scientific justification at the international level.

Yet, it needs to play more effective role from global and regional-specific to country-specific. The IPCC vice chair, however, assured the minister that once he is elected IPCC chair, he would give significance to the suggestions of Mushahid Ullah Khan.

For more information, contact:
Muhammad Saleem
Deputy Director
Media and Communication
Ministry of Climate Change
Government of Pakistan
LG and RD Complex, G-5/2, ISLAMABAD
Ph: 051-9245565
E-mail: moccpakistan@hotmail.com
Web: http://www.mocc.gov.pk/

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