IPCC Mulls Reforms, Retains Chairman

    Rajendra K. Pachuri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Photo by: Paulo Filgueiras / UN

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will implement a number of procedural changes to avoid future errors in its reports. Meanwhile, Rajendra Pachauri said he will not be stepping down as chairman of the panel.

    “I have every intention of staying right till I’ve completed the mission that I’ve accepted to carry out—namely, the completion of the Fifth Assessment Report in 2014,” said Pachauri, who has endured his share of criticism over the past months, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    He told a news conference at the end of an IPCC meeting in South Korea that the panel has agreed to retain him as chairman until the completion of the fifth assessment report, the newspaper adds.

    The panel also decided to establish a task force that will consider the recommendation of the InterAcademy Council, which was tasked to conduct a review on IPCC in the height of controversies being attached to it, to limit the tenure of the chairman and top officials of the panel to one term.

    Pachauri said the term limit will not affect him and other current officials.

    IPCC will also consider the review’s other recommendations, particularly on drafting and implementing tighter policies to reflect scientific uncertainties, if any, in the panel’s future reports.

    About the author

    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.