New York, 30 August 2010 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on receiving the InterAcademy Council Review of the IPCCThe Secretary-General welcomes the independent review of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) conducted by the InterAcademy Council, which was released this morning.
The Secretary-General expresses his gratitude to the InterAcademy Council for conducting this fully independent review of the working practices of the IPCC, which he co-commissioned with the Chairman of the IPCC in March. Given the gravity of the climate challenge, the Secretary-General believes it is vital that the world receives the best possible climate assessments through an IPCC that operates at the highest levels of professionalism, objectivity, responsiveness, and transparency. He looks forward to reading the review's recommendations and urges the 194 member governments of the IPCC to study the IAC review carefully and to take appropriate action as soon as possible.
The Secretary-General firmly maintains that the fundamental science on climate change remains sound. He continues to support the conclusions of the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC, which have been repeatedly upheld and endorsed by numerous professional review boards across the globe.
Statements on 30 August 2010