Addressing Climate Change: The United Nations and the World at Work


Prof. Mohan Munasinghe is Vice Chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Geneva, co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for work on global warming. Born in Sri Lanka, he has earned post-graduate degrees in engineering, physics and development economics from Cambridge University (UK), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), and McGill University and Concordia University (Canada). He has also received several honorary doctorates (honoris causa). Currently, he is Chairman, Munasinghe Inst. of Development (MIND), Colombo; Honorary Senior Advisor to the Sri Lanka Govt.; and Visiting Professor, United Nations University, Tokyo. During 35 years of distinguished public service, he has served as Senior Energy Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka, Advisor to the United States Presidents Council on Environmental Quality, and Senior Advisor/Director, World Bank. He has taught as Visiting Professor at a number of leading universities worldwide. He has won many international prizes and medals for his research and its applications. He has authored 90 books and over three hundred technical papers on economics, sustainable development, climate change, power, energy, water resources, transport, environment, disasters, and information technology. He is a Fellow of several internationally recognized Academies of Science, and serves on the editorial boards of a dozen academic journals.