PIDF Climate Change Adviser Appointed To UN Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change

Pacific views could get more attention at IPCC process

By Aqela Susu

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, July 14, 2016) – The Pacific now has a greater opportunity to have its views represented on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

This follows the appointment of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) climate change adviser Dr Mahendra Kumar to the IPCC.

The panel is tasked with providing an objective, scientific view of climate change and its political and economic impacts.

The group will prepare a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways in 2018.

The report on this topic will be in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty.

PIDF secretary-general Francois Martel said the appointment was an expression of the recognition of experts from the region and their contribution to international processes.

"The 1.5C temperature goal was a key demand of the Small Island Development States (SIDS) and is firmly anchored in the Suva Declaration on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.

"Having our own representative on the panel will ensure our inputs in terms of relevant literature, issues and the ongoing impacts will be articulated at this important forum," Mr Martel said.

Dr Kumar, he said, was one of the most eminent experts on climate change in the region.

"He was intimately involved with the development of the Suva Declaration on Climate Change last year and continues to play a significant role in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

"Through the PIDF, we continue to encourage governments and organisations to nominate experts to ensure that the regional views are adequately represented.

"The fact that Dr Kumar was nominated by AOSIS, and was appointed after the usual rigorous IPCC process is also an indication of the endorsement of our regional scientists and experts to contribute actively to such important processes."

The first scoping meeting, as part of this process, will be held in Geneva in August.

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