“Climate Change is unequivocal.” Those are the words of Dr. Rajendra Pachuari, Chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
On 2 November, as part of the Asia Pacific Initiative, the UNU Media Studio worked with our network of partners to organize a special lecture from Dr. Pachuari via video conference. The title of his presentation was “The IPCC Fourth Assessment and Beyond.”
This lecture was very timely since on 12 October, the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was jointly awarded to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the former US vice-president Al Gore for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.
Students and professors participated from classrooms at the UNU, the Energy Research Institute (TERI – India), Keio University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, the University of the Ryukyus, the National University of Samoa, the Asian Institute of Technology and the University of Hawaii. FASID provided extensive support for the lecture in Tokyo and the University of Hawaii facilitated the video conference component.
The lecture was brilliant and provided deep insights on the work of the IPCC’s, their assessment findings and particularly the impact on the Asia and Pacific region.