South Korea’s Hoesung Lee named new head of the IPCC
Hoesung Lee of South Korea has been named the new head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body tasked with assessing climate science.
Prof Lee, an expert on climate economics and sustainable development, was elected to chair the panel at its ongoing meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
He is the fourth person to lead the IPCC in its 27-year history.
He succeeds Rajendra Pachauri, who resigned amid a scandal in February.
Dr Pachauri’s 13-year tenure was controversial and his departure even more so, happening after allegations of sexual harassment – which he denied.
Observers have suggested that Prof Lee is, comparatively, a very safe choice.
There were five other nominees in the one-country, one-vote election. In a final run-off ballot, Prof Lee defeated Jean-Pascal van Ypersele from Belgium, 78 votes to 56.
Prof Lee told BBC News he was “very much honoured and very grateful”…
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