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Friday 12 Oct 2007

UNEP/GRID-Arendal celebrates the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 award to IPCC

The Norwegian Nobel Committee today announced that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 will be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr 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.”

The Norwegian Nobel Committee today announced that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 will be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr 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.”

GRID-Arendal congratulates the IPCC team for their dedicated effort to create a greater awareness of the changing climate in the world through their scientific work and collaborative reporting.  The Nobel Peace Prize award is a credit too to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) who has proactively worked to create a momentum for climate change awareness.  One of UNEP’s most momentous decisions was to establish, together with the World Meteorological Organisation of the UN, IPCC in 1988.

“We are proud to be associated with IPCC, particularly through the production of original graphics and illustrations that have been featured in many IPCC reports,” said Dr Peter Prokosch, Managing Director of GRID-Arendal

The production team in the communications group at GRID-Arendal has worked with IPCC in the coordination of the publication of several IPCC reports, namely Climate Change 2007, Climate Change 2001, Climate Change and Biodiversity, Good Practice Guidance for Land Use, Land-use Change and Forestry and Good Practice Guidance and Uncertainty Management in National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.

“We are happy and touched by the decision of the Nobel Prize Committee as we work on issues related to climate change,” said Dr Prokosch “Hearing this news at a time when we are currently working on the translations of the Climate Change 2007 Report of IPCC makes us feel very connected to IPCC as they celebrate the Nobel Peace Prize award for 2007.”

“We would like to congratulate the Chairman of IPCC, Dr Rajendra K Pachauri of Tata Energy Research Institute.  He did a tremendous job for IPCC in coordinating the work of the many thousand scientists and giving it a common focus.  We have worked with Dr Pachauri, both in the context of the IPCC reports as well as in a recent UNEP publication coordinated by GRID-Arendal, Global Outlook for Ice and Snow.  This publication, which included findings from IPCC and other scientific institutions, was launched in Norway in June 2007 on the occasion of World Environment Day, in Tromso, Norway.  Dr Pachauri was present at the event to give it his support.”

Dr Prokosch expressed the hope that “the Nobel Peace Prize decision will convince the entire world to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.”  More significantly, the award could “move people on the ground to think about our individual contribution by changing our behaviour and consumption patterns so as to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gases.”

Links to:
The Nobel Peace Prize  
IPCC  
Dr Rajendra Pachauri  
UNEP

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