Regional Outreach Event on the IPCC Activities and Findings

Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
19 Sep 2017 to 20 Sep 2017
About the Event

This outreach event will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It will be hosted by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. The event will focus on the work of the IPCC, plans for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) scope and process and the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) findings (WGI, II and III and Synthesis Report). Delegates from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf cooperation countries will be invited, including policymakers at national, state and city government level; international and intergovernmental organizations; climate and disaster risk management community; business leaders and organizations; civil society organizations; local science and research community; youth groups and students, national, regional and international media will be invited.

Provisional Programme

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Media Workshop - IPCC madate, stucture and history: Abdalah Mokssit and JOnathan Lynn

Media Workshop - Basic issues in Climate Science: Abdalah Mokssit, Secretary of the IPCC

Media Workshop - Impacts and options for Adaptation - how can society and nature adjust: Hans Portner, IPCC Co-chair of WGII

Media Workshop - Mitigation in the context of the Paris Agreement: Jim Skea, IPCC Co-Chair of WGIII

Overview on the future activities of the IPCC from 2016 to 2022 and the production of the AR6: Hoesung Lee, IPCC Chair

Special Report on the Climate Change and Land: Jim Skea, IPCC Co-Chair WGIII

Overview of the IPCC, its process and ways to be involved: Youba Sokona, IPCC Vice-Chair

Key Messages of the Synthesis Report: Youba Sokona, IPCC Vice-Chair

Key messages from the AR5 WGI with focus on Saudi Arabia and the region and AR6 Outline: Edvin Aldrian, Vice-Chair of WGI

Key messages from the AR5 WGII with focus on Saudi Arabia and the region: Hans Portner, IPCC Co-Chair WGII

Key messages from the AR5 WGIII with focus on Saudi Arabia and the region: Jim Skea, IPCC Co-Chair WGIII

AR6 WGIII Outline: Jim Skea, IPCC Co-Chair WGIII


AR5 Synthesis Report (subtitles in Arabic)

Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (subtitles in Arabic)

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (subtitles in Arabic)

Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change (subtitles in Arabic)

KACSTThe Sixth Assessment cycle (Leaflet in Arabic)The Sixth Assessment cycle (Leaflet in English)IPCC (Arabic)Fifth Assessment Report WGI Summary Volume (Arabic)Fifth Assessment Report WGI Summary for Polciymakers (Arabic)Fifth Assessment Report WGII Summary Volume (Arabic)Fifth Assessment Report WGII Summary for Policymakers (Arabic)Fifth Assessment Report WGIII Summary Volume (Arabic)Fifth Assessment Report WGIII Summary for Policymakers (Arabic)Fifth Assessment Report Synthesis Report (Arabic)Fifth Assessment Report Synthesis Report Summary for Policymakers (Arabic)Fifth Assessment Report Synthesis Report Headline Statements (Arabic)Global Warming of 1.5 °C: an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate changeClimate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystemsSpecial Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC)
Mohammed Ahamd S. Alshamsi

King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology

Dr. Alshamsi has been working in academia for over ten-years. During his academic life, he has published several peer-reviewed articles in high impact scientific journals in the field of environmental science & engineering. He was an author of two granted-patents and four filled-patents in Saudi Arabia and the United States. His research was focused on developing the advanced chemical oxidation technology (AOT) by using synthesized metallic nanoparticles. Some applications of the developed technologies were implemented for groundwater remediation. Dr. Alshamsi received his B.Sc. & M.Sc. from King Saud University and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada in 2013, and he earned the credential of Stanford certified project manager (SCPM) in 2017, and got an executive education from Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in 2016.

Edvin Aldrian

Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG)

Prof. Edvin Aldrian is a Professor of Meteorology and Climatology at the Agency for Assessment aand Application of Technology BPPT Indonesia. He teaches at the University of Indonesia and Bogor Agricultural Institute and Udayana University in Denpasar Bali. Currently Prof. Aldrian serves as IPCC WG1 Vice Chair representing Indonesia and countries in the Southwest Pacific region. Prof. Aldrian obtained his PhD in 2003 from Max Planck Institute for Meteorology Germany. Prof. Aldrian also served WMO as the Co Chair of Comission for Climatology for Expert Team on Institution and Infrastructure Capabilities group and WMO Co Vice Chair Regional Association V Working Group on Climate Services. Furthermore, he also served previously as EANET Scientific Advisory Committee. Prof. Aldrian has already published 32 peer reviewed International scientific publications, 46 National peer reviewed publications and 26 books or book chapters. He works mainly on global and regional climate issue including climate changes and actively becomes speakers for Climate Change sciences. Prof. Aldrian is active in promoting climate change science nationally and internationally as part of IPCC Outreach programme in South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Hamid Alharthi

King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology

I have 10 years of experience, six of which are in the sustainability field. Joined SABIC in 2008, worked in the manufacturing as an operation engineer as well as a sustainability manager in charge of monitoring and improving natural capital indicators (GHG, energy, water and material effectiveness). Later on, became more involved in broad sustainability and climate change initiatives. <br />
A mechanical engineer by profession, graduated from Umm Al Qura University; I have a master degree in sustainability and environmental management from Monash University.

Badr Hadhidh Alharbi

King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology

Dr. Badr is the Manager of the National Center for Environmental Technology at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) where his expertise primarily lies in diagnosis and analysis of air pollution. He has been an official Saudi delegate in the working groups for the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) representing the Kingdom in various environmental conferences and conventions since 2009. Dr. Badr Alharbi obtained his BSc. in Meteorology, a MSc. in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University in the USA and a PhD in Environmental Sciences from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Hoesung Lee

c/o Korea Meteorological Administration

Hoesung Lee is Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), elected since October 2015, and Endowed Chair Professor at Korea University Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Seoul, Korea. His research encompasses the economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Korean Academy of Environmental Sciences, and chair of the Asian Development Bank President’s Advisory Board on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Lee was the founding president of the Korea Energy Economics Institute — a government agency for national energy policy development. He was Distinguished Research Fellow at the Korea Environment Institute, senior adviser to the Minister of Energy and Resources and the Minister of Environment, senior fellow at the Korea Development Institute and economist at Exxon Company USA. He served as the president of the International Association for Energy Economics, president of the Korea Resources Economics Association, member of the International Advisory Board of the Battelle-Pacific Northwest National Lab, USA, the Board of Directors of Hyundai Corporation and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan, and council member of the Global Green Growth Institute. He was Co-Chair of the IPCC Working Group III (the socio-economic dimensions of climate change) for the Second Assessment which provided a scientific basis for the UNFCCC’s Kyoto Protocol. He served as Vice-Chair of IPCC 2008-2015, and lead author and review editor for the various IPCC assessments. He has served on many national and international committees addressing climate change and energy. He received his B.A. from Seoul National University and Ph.D. in economics from Rutgers University, USA. He was named to the 2019 TIME 100 Most Influential People in the world.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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Hoesung Lee est le président du Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (GIEC), élu depuis octobre 2015, et professeur titulaire d’une chaire d’Excellence à la Korea University Graduate School of Energy and Environment, à Séoul, en Corée. Ses travaux de recherche englobent l’économie du changement climatique, de l’énergie et du développement durable. Il est membre du conseil d’administration de l’Académie coréenne des sciences environnementales et président du conseil consultatif du président de la Banque asiatique de développement sur le changement climatique et le développement durable. M. Lee a été le président fondateur du Korea Energy Economics Institute, une agence gouvernementale chargée de l'élaboration de la politique énergétique nationale. Il a été chercheur émérite à l’Institut coréen de l’environnement, conseiller principal du ministre de l’énergie et des ressources et du ministre de l’environnement, chercheur principal à l’Institut coréen du développement et économiste à la société Exxon Company USA. Il a été président de l’Association internationale pour l’économie de l’énergie, président de l’Association coréenne pour l’économie des ressources, membre du conseil consultatif international du Battelle-Pacific Northwest National Lab, aux États-Unis, membre du conseil d’administration de Hyundai Corporation et de l’Institut pour les stratégies environnementales mondiales, au Japon, et membre du conseil du Global Green Growth Institute. Il a été co-président du groupe de travail III du GIEC (les dimensions socio-économiques du changement climatique) pour la deuxième évaluation qui a fourni une base scientifique pour le protocole de Kyoto de la CCNUCC. Il a été vice-président du GIEC de 2008 à 2015, et auteur principal et réviseur pour les différentes évaluations du GIEC. Il a siégé à de nombreux comités nationaux et internationaux sur les questions des changements climatiques et de l’énergie. Hoesung Lee est titulaire d’un baccalauréat universitaire ès lettres en sciences économiques de l’université nationale de Séoul et d’un doctorat en économie de l’université Rutgers, aux États-Unis. Le Magazine TIME a classé Hoesung Lee parmi les 100 personnes les plus influentes dans le monde en 2019.

Jonathan LYNN


Jonathan Lynn is Head of Communications and Media Relations at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Before joining the IPCC in November 2011, he worked as a foreign correspondent and editor for Reuters news agency for 32 years, reporting from over 30 countries around the world. Jonathan has an MA from Cambridge University, where he studied modern languages at Clare College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.



An expert in environment and sustainability with over 30 years of experience in public and private sectors. Throughout his practice, he developed strong interest in renewable energy as reflected in his more than 80 scientific articles, presentations, and studies. He was Advisor to international organizations like WHO Middle East, UN Environment Programme, etc. He is a scientific referee of funded environmental research projects for KACST, and a member of local and international associations such as the Energy & Climate Change Leadership Group of the International Council of Chemicals Association. He was member of the Saudi Arabia Designated National Authority for climate change and Clean Development Mechanism. He was General Manager of Environmental Affairs Department in SABIC Headquarters. He also works as Advisor for the Saudi National Environmental Strategy. Currently, he is the General Manager of Al Madar Al-Bea, an Environmental Consultancy, and Advisor for Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association.

Abdalah Mokssit


Abdalah Mokssit is Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has a long experience with the IPCC and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). He is a former Vice-Chair of IPCC Working Group I, which deals with the physical science basis of climate change. He is also a former Third Vice-President of the World Meteorological Congress of WMO and was member of several WMO commissions including the Commission on Climatology and the Commission for Basic Systems. Previously, Abdalah was the Director of the National Meteorological Department of Morocco. At the National Meteorological Service of Morocco, he has focused on upgrading forecasting, from nowcasting to long-range forecasting; improving warning and crisis management for extreme events; and generating regional models of climate change scenarios, climate change sector impact studies and services for end users. In May 1996, His Majesty, the late King Hassan II of Morocco awarded the «National Order of Merit, Excellent Class» to Abdalah Mokssit for his contribution to the modernization of the National Meteorology. He was also awarded the medals “Chevalier” and “Commandeur” personally by His Majesty King Mohamed VI and the medal “Leverier” in recognition of work for the extension of NWP model PERIDOT to North Africa and Eastern Europe.<br /><br />

Abdalah Mokssit est le secrétaire du Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (GIEC). Il jouit d’une longue expérience au sein du GIEC et de l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM). Il a été vice-président du groupe de travail I du GIEC, chargé d’évaluer les aspects scientifiques du système climatique et de l’évolution du climat. Il est également ancien troisième vice-président du Congrès météorologique mondial de l’OMM et a été membre de plusieurs commissions de l’OMM, notamment la Commission de climatologie et la Commission des systèmes de base. Auparavant, Abdalah était le directeur du Service météorologique national du Maroc. Au Service météorologique national du Maroc, il s’est attaché à moderniser les prévisions - de la prévision immédiate à la prévision à long échéance - ; à améliorer les avis et de la gestion des crises pour les phénomènes extrêmes ; et à mettre en place des modèles régionaux de scénarios de changements climatiques, des études d’impact sectoriel des changements climatiques, et des services a l’intention des utilisateurs finals. En mai 1996, Sa Majesté, feu le roi Hassan II du Maroc a décerné à Abdalah Mokssit « l’Ordre national du mérite, Excellente classe » pour sa contribution à la modernisation de la Météorologie nationale. Il a également reçu les médailles « Chevalier » et « Commandeur » personnellement par Sa Majesté le Roi Mohamed VI et la médaille « Leverier » en reconnaissance de son travail pour l’extension du modèle de PNT PERIDOT à l’Afrique du Nord et à l’Europe de l’Est.

Hans-Otto Pörtner

Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research

Hans-Otto Pörtner is a Co-Chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the Sixth Assessment cycle. He received his PhD and habilitated in Animal Physiology at Münster and Düsseldorf Universities. As a Research and then Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Council he worked at Dalhousie and Acadia Universities, Nova Scotia, Canada and at the Lovelace Medical Foundation, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, before he became Professor and Head of Integrative Ecophysiology at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany. He has established theory and evidence on effects of climate warming, ocean acidification, and hypoxia on marine animals and ecosystems. His efforts focus on linking biogeography and ecosystem functioning to molecular, biochemical and physiological mechanisms shaping organism tolerance and performance. Previously, he was a Lead Author and a Coordinating Lead Author to the 4th and 5th assessment cycles of the IPCC. He is an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences, the German Advisory Council on Global Change and a Clarivate Analytics highly cited researcher 2018 onward.

Yousef S. Alhafedh

King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology

Dr. Yousef S. Al-Hafedh is a Research Professor and the Director of the National Center of Wildlife Research at King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He received his master degree from the Mississippi state University (USA) and PhD degree from the University of Guelph (Canada) in Fish Genetics. Dr. Al-Hafedh’s areas of research interest are recirculating aquaculture, aquaponics, integrated marine aquaculture, fish genetics and breeding, biosafety and biodiversity, wildlife conservation and DNA barcoding. He served as an advisor to the President of Saudi Wildlife Authority and as Chairman of the National Biosafety Committee as well as the National committee on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS). He was acting as Vice Chair and member of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) in the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
Member of the experts group on task of capacity building, IPBES. Member of the experts group for regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Asia Pacific.
He is board member of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).Elected Bureau member of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to represent Asia at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) under the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Dr. Al-Hafedh was acting as a member of the Compliance Committee under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and has attended a number of scientific conferences and meetings as a Saudi delegate including UNEP sponsored CBD and other biosafety and biodiversity meetings. He also served in many international and national scientific and technical committees. Member of Steering Committee at the Mission Innovation accelerating the clean energy technology. Co-lead in the Analysis and Joint Research at Mission Innovation accelerating the clean energy technology

Jim Skea

Centre for Environmental Policy

Jim Skea is Co-Chair of IPCC WG III and Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College London with research interests in energy, climate change and technological innovation. He was Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre 2004-12 and Director of the Policy Studies Institute 1998-2004. He has operated at the interface between research, policy-making and business throughout his career. He was a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change from its inception in 2008 until 2018. He is currently chairing Scotland’s Just Transition Commission. Until June 2017, he was President of the UK Energy Institute. He was awarded a CBE for services to sustainable energy in 2013 and an OBE for services to sustainable transport in 2004.

Youba Sokona

South Centre

Youba Sokona was elected Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2015. Prior to this, Youba Sokona was Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III on the mitigation of climate change for the Fifth Assessment Report after serving as a Lead Author since 1990. Youba Sokona is currently the Special Advisor for Sustainable Development at the South Centre. With over 40 years of experience addressing energy, environment and sustainable development in Africa, Youba Sokona is a well-known, leading global figure. In addition to these achievements, Youba Sokona has a proven track record of organisational leadership and management, for example as Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and as Executive Secretary of the Sahara and the Sahel Observatory (OSS). Youba Sokona’s advice is highly sought after, and as such, he is affiliated with numerous boards and organisations, including as a Member of the Board for the Institute of Development Studies, Honorary Professor at the University College London (UCL), and as a Special Advisor to the African Energy Leaders Group. In short, Youba Sokona is a global figure, with deep technical knowledge, extensive policy experience and an unreserved personal commitment to African led development.<br /><br />
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Youba Sokona occupe, depuis octobre 2015, le poste de vice-président du Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (GIEC). Dr Youba Sokona a d’abord occupé la fonction de co-président groupe de travail III du GIEC sur l’atténuation des changements climatiques pour le cinquième rapport d’évaluation après l’avoir dirigé depuis 1990. Il est actuellement le conseiller spécial sur le développement durable au Centre Sud (South Centre). Forte de plus de 40 ans d’expérience dans le domaine de l’énergie, de l’environnement et du développement durable en Afrique, le Dr Youba Sokona est une figure mondiale bien connue et de premier plan. En plus de ses réalisations, il a fait ses preuves en matière de leadership organisationnel et de gestion, par exemple en tant que coordinateur du Centre africain pour la politique climatique (ACPC) et secrétaire exécutif de l’Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS). Ses conseils sont très recherchés, et à ce titre, il est affilié à de nombreux conseils d’administration et organisations, notamment en tant que membre du conseil d’administration de l’Institute of Development Studies, professeur honoraire à l’University College London (UCL), et conseiller spécial auprès de l’African Energy Leaders Group. En bref, le Dr Youba Sokona est une personnalité mondiale, dotée de connaissances techniques approfondies, d’une vaste expérience politique et d’un engagement personnel sans réserve en faveur du développement de l’Afrique.


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