An economist who specializes in climate and energy policy will be the next head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). IPCC’s member governments today selected Hoesung Lee, the panel’s current vice-chair, to be its new leader at a meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia. He will succeed Rajendra Pachauri of India, who resigned from his post this past February after allegations of sexual harassment (which he denied).
Lee was one of six leading candidates for the job. In a candidate’s statement released earlier this year, he wrote that “I want to support what has worked, keep what is needed and change what needs improvement across IPCC’s mode of operation, its activities and communication of its findings.” He cited needs to “enhance participation of developing country experts” in IPCC’s activities, to incorporate “inputs from the business, industry and finance where the messages from science and policy communities are interpreted and acted upon,” and to “pay special attention to climate change issues associated with job creation, health, innovation and technology development, energy access and poverty alleviation.”