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OAU Scholar Selected to Serve on IPCC 6th Assessment Team

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Seven Nigerians are among the 721 experts from 90 countries invited to participate in the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors.

This allows work to start on the next comprehensive assessment of the science related to climate change. The IPCC said it will use the Sixth Assessment Report, to inform policymakers, international climate negotiators and other stakeholders about the latest knowledge on all aspects of climate change.

According to Mr.  Hoesung Lee, Chairman of  IPCC, “The Sixth Assessment Report will update our knowledge on climate change, its impacts and risks, and possible response options, and play an important role in implementing the Paris Agreement,” He said the author teams, drawn from the hundreds of excellent nominations the IPCC was fortunate to receive, provide the agency the necessary expertise across a range of disciplines to conduct the assessment.

“I am gratified that we have also raised the proportion of women and scientists from developing countries involved in our work,” he added.

The Nigerian experts will participate in three Working Groups of the project.  They include:

  • Hyacinth Nnamchi of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Working Group I – Chapter 2: Changing state of the climate system) as Lead Author
  • Ms Ibidun Adelekan of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan (Working Group II – Chapter 9: Africa) as Coordinating Lead Author
  • Ayansina Ayanlade of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (Working Group II – Chapter 9: Africa) as Lead Author
  • Chukwumerije Okereke of the University of Reading, UK (Working Group III – Chapter 1: Introduction and Framing) as Coordinating Lead Author
  • Ms Chioma Daisy Onyige of the University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt (Working Group III – Chapter 5: Demand, services and social aspects of mitigation) as Lead Author
  • Ogheneruona Diemuodeke of the University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt (Working Group III – Chapter 10: Transport) as Lead Author
  • Sanusi Mohamed Ohiare of the Rural Electrification Agency (Working Group III – Chapter 15: Investment and finance) as Lead Author

The  three IPCC Working Groups selected the authors from 2,858 experts representing 105 countries, following a call to governments and IPCC observer organizations for nominations. Working Group I is responsible for the physical science basis, Working Group II looks at impacts, adaptation and vulnerability and Working Group III covers mitigation of climate change.

According to their Terms of Reference, the authors are to review the existing scientific literature and prepare drafts of the report on the basis of the outlines of the Working Group contributions already agreed by the Panel. The three IPCC Working Groups will then finalize their respective contributions to the AR6 report in 2021. A Synthesis Report will complete the AR6 cycle in early 2022, integrating all the Working Group contributions and the findings of the three special reports that are currently underway.

Of the selected experts, 44% come from developing countries and countries with economies in transition, 53% are new to the IPCC process and 33% are women.

For the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), the IPCC selected 829 authors from over 80 countries. Of these, 37% were from developing countries and countries with economies in transition, 68% were new to the IPCC process and 21% were female.

The IPCC is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) in 1988 to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies. It has 195 member states.

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