UN officials welcome new head at climate change panel

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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) elected Hoesung Lee of Republic of Korea as its new Chairman. Photo: IPCC

The election of the new chief of a global body that assesses the science related to climate change has been welcomed by the UN.

Hoesung Lee of the Republic of Korea was this week appointed chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Mr Lee is a professor in the economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development at Korea University’s Graduate School of Energy and Environment.

He is currently one of the IPCC’s three vice-chairs.

Dianne Penn reports.

In welcoming Mr Lee's election, the UN Secretary-General reaffirmed his support for the crucial role of the IPCC in supplying what he described as "the world's most authoritative scientific understanding of climate change." 

For Ban Ki-moon, the IPCC's most recent report provides the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever undertaken.

He said it adds to the overwhelming evidence that human activity is disrupting the climate, but it also shows options for building a more sustainable world.

The UN Secretary-General said he looks forward to the new leadership at what he called "this critical moment" ahead of the global climate change talks in Paris in December.

Achim Steiner, head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has also welcomed the news of Mr Lee's appointment.

He said the IPCC's leadership on climate change will continue to be critical after the Paris conference.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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