The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) elected Hoesung Lee of the Republic of Korea as its new Chair on Tuesday.

Mr. Lee, 69, is professor in the economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development at Korea University’s Graduate School of Energy and Environment in the Republic of Korea. He is currently one of the IPCC’s three vice-chairs.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the announcement in a statement, reaffirming his support for the IPCC in its role to supply decision-makers and the public with “the world’s most authoritative scientific understanding of climate change, including its impacts as well as solutions.”

Mr. Ban added that he looks forward to the IPCC’s new leadership at this critical moment when governments are preparing for the climate change conference in Paris later this year.

“I am honoured and grateful that the Panel has elected me as the IPCC’s new Chair,” said Mr. Lee. “The IPCC remains deeply committed to providing policymakers with the highest quality scientific assessment of climate change, but we can do more.”

The election took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where the IPCC is holding its 42nd Session. Elections for other positions on the IPCC Bureau, including the Co-Chairs of the IPCC Working Groups, will take place over 6-8 October.

“The next phase of our work will see us increase our understanding of regional impacts, especially in developing countries, and improve the way we communicate our findings to the public,” Mr. Lee said. “Above all, we need to provide more information about the options that exist for preventing and adapting to climate change. I look forward to working with my IPCC colleagues to reach these goals and I thank them for their support.”

The IPCC is the international body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide policymakers with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation.

For the full press release on the announcement see: http://www.ipcc.ch/news_and_events/docs/ipcc42/151006_election_of_new_chair.pdf