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IPCC elects new chair: Hoesung Lee of Korea

An economist who specializes in climate and energy policy will be the next head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). IPCC’s member governments today selected Hoesung Lee, the panel’s current vice-chair, to be its new leader at a meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia. He will succeed Rajendra Pachauri of India, who resigned from his post this past February after allegations of sexual harassment (which he denied).

Lee was one of six leading candidates for the job. In a candidate’s statement released earlier this year, he wrote that “I  want to  support  what  has  worked,  keep  what  is  needed  and  change  what  needs improvement across IPCC’s mode of operation, its activities and communication of its findings.” He cited needs to “enhance  participation  of  developing  country  experts” in IPCC’s activities, to incorporate  “inputs  from  the  business,  industry  and  finance where  the  messages  from  science  and  policy  communities  are  interpreted and acted upon,” and to “pay special attention to climate change issues associated with job creation, health,  innovation and technology  development, energy  access  and  poverty alleviation.”

The Carbon Brief recently ran a lengthy interview with Lee, in which he discussed his views on IPCC.

IPCC is the world’s primary cooperative body for synthesizing and interpreting scientific information on climate change, and providing member governments with information designed to guide policy.