|Nobel Prize for IPCC
WMO congratulates the winners of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize: the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Mr Al Gore
Statement by Mr Michel Jarraud,
Secretary-General of WMO
12 October 2007
"Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) underscores science’s key role in understanding humankind’s link to climate change and promoting measures to reduce the harm being caused to our planet" said Mr Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of WMO, a co-sponsor of IPCC and host of its Secretariat.
Geneva, 12 October 2007 — The Secretary-General of WMO, Michel Jarraud, and
Secretary of IPCC, Renate Christ, congratulate Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of IPCC.
(Photo: KEYSTONE/Martial Trezzini)
IPCC was jointly established in 1988 by WMO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide world leaders and policy-makers with an objective source of information on the complex and challenging issue of climate change, particularly its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts, and possible response options.
“This is a prestigious recognition by the Nobel Prize Committee of the role that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—and through it the international scientific community—has been playing in raising awareness and understanding of the impact of human activities on the Earth’s climate,” Mr Jarraud said at WMO’s Geneva Headquarters.
“Better monitoring and understanding through science of how our world’s climate is changing can contribute to reducing poverty and vulnerability, promoting sustainable economic development and better management of land and water resources.”
IPCC, under the leadership of its Chairman Mr Rajendra Pachauri, provides decision-makers in all countries with the most authoritative scientific evidence on climate change.” Mr Jarraud said the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC will help strengthen its work around the world, particularly in developing countries, to overcome gaps in scientific understanding regarding climatic events and promote essential adaptation and mitigation measures that governments can take to protect their citizens against natural disasters and extreme weather and climate events.
“The developing world, due to its limited resources, faces greater risks and vulnerabilities in terms of life and economic investment from the impacts of climate change,” Mr Jarraud said. “Through global scientific monitoring and the evidence provided by IPCC assessments on climate change, the international community has a better understanding of what is causing climatic shifts and what can be done to address them.
The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize places a bigger responsibility on the entire scientific community. WMO is committed to making a full contribution.”