The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is continuing its work to elect the leaders for its seventh assessment cycle, focusing on Working Group Co-Chairs and Vice-Chairs.
Most key positions have now been filled, with Jim Skea (United Kingdom) elected as IPCC Chair. The three IPCC Vice-Chairs for the seventh assessment cycle will be: Ladislaus Chang’a (Tanzania); Diana Ürge-Vorsatz (Hungary); and Ramón Pichs-Madruga (Cuba).
On Thursday, the Panel elected the following individuals to serve as the Working Group Co-Chairs:
Working Group I (the physical science basis of climate change): Xiaoye Zhang (China) and Robert Vautard (France)
Working Group II (impacts, adaptation and vulnerability): Winston Chow (Singapore) and Bart van den Hurk (The Netherlands)
Working Group III (mitigation): Joy Jacqueline Pereira (Malaysia) and Katherine Calvin (US)
The IPCC also elected Takeshi Enoki (Japan) and Mazhar Hayat (Pakistan) as Co-Chairs of the Task Force on Greenhouse Gas Inventories.
Elections will continue on Friday, the final day scheduled for IPCC-59.