Climate change expert named Goodwill Ambassador for UN industrial agency

Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, head of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

14 July 2008 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has named Rajendra K. Pachauri, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as one of its Goodwill Ambassadors.

In a ceremony in Vienna today, UNIDO recognized Dr. Pachauri, who also serves as the Director General of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), for his efforts in the field of energy and the environment, one of its three main priorities. Its other two are trade capacity building and poverty reduction through productive activities.

Along with former United States Vice-President Al Gore, the IPCC was a Nobel Peace Prize co-laureate last year. Dr. Pachauri has also been recognized by the French President in 2006 as an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur and received the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in India, in 2001.

He joins fellow UNIDO Goodwill Ambassadors Mansour Cama of Senegal, Reinosuke Hara of Japan, Frederick T. Sumaye of Tanzania and Peter Denis Sutherland of Ireland.

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