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Highlights and images for 26 July 2023

Nairobi, Kenya

Newly elected IPCC Chair Jim Skea

Newly elected IPCC Chair Jim Skea

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) elected a new Chair on Wednesday. Jim Skea, United Kingdom, will serve as IPCC Chair for the duration of the Panel’s seventh assessment cycle, which is expected to conclude in 2030. Skea is a veteran IPCC expert, having served as Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III during the sixth assessment cycle, and played a key role in the production and approval of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.

View of the room during the IPCC Chair elections

View of the room during the elections for the IPCC Chair

Four candidates were vying for the position of IPCC Chair, and the elections went to a run-off between Skea and IPCC Vice-Chair Thelma Krug of Brazil. Ultimately Skea prevailed, securing 90 votes to Krug’s 69.

Elections for other open positions, including IPCC Vice-Chairs, Working Group and Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Co-Chairs, Working Group Vice-Chairs, and the Task Force Bureau, are continuing.

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