By AIT Public Affairs
On 22 June 2023, the Government of Nepal nominated AIT Vice President for Academic Affairs Professor Shobhakar Dhakal as a candidate for the election of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III (Mitigation) Co-Chair and Vice-Chair positions. The election will be being held during its 59th Session in Nairobi from 25 to 28 July 2023 for the seventh assessment cycle. IPCC Bureau comprises the IPCC Chair, IPCC Vice-Chairs, Co-Chairs, and Vice-Chairs of three Working Groups and the Task Force Bureau for Greenhouse Gas inventories.
Prof. Dhakal is not new to IPCC. He has authored the IPCC’s Fifth and Sixth assessment reports of the Working Group III as Coordinating Lead Author. He has participated in numerous IPCC outreach events and scoping exercises for reports. He has played key roles in several other assessments beyond IPCC too.
Prof. Dhakal believes that ” IPCC’s role as an honest science-broker to policymakers and society at large is more important than ever as we struggle to meet Paris Agreement’s goals and live in the world with a fast-changing climate.”
He remarked, “IPCC assessments now need to focus more on high-quality assessment, systematic reviews, solution-oriented, and clear recognition of regions to bring science to policymakers.”
He views that “more work is needed on the cross-linkages – not only between its working groups but also with the other assessments and a balance of scientific and non-scientific but credible literature with proper vetting is important for IPCC as we realize more needs to address the ‘solution’ part.”
He also sees a need to build capacity and more substantial involvement of authors and knowledge from the Global South in the IPCC assessments.
The details and profile of Prof. Dhakal are available below:
Nomination from the Government of Nepal: View Here
CV of Prof. Dhakal as posted on the IPCC Website: Click Here
AR7 election: Click Here
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