Media Briefing and Interviews during IPCC Working Group II Third Lead Author Meeting

Faro (Portugal)
27 Jan 2020
About the Event

From 26 January to 1 February 2020, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is bringing together around 260 experts from more than 60 countries to Faro, Portugal, to discuss the development of the Working Group II contribution to Sixth Assessment Report. Experts at the meeting will be from IPCC Working Group II that assesses impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. The meeting is hosted by the Government of Portugal and the University of Algarve. The IPCC will hold a briefing with the press on 27 January 2020, 08:00 at the Gambelas Campus of the University of the Algarve, Faro. This briefing will take place just before the opening ceremony of the meeting. Media are invited to the opening ceremony 09:00-10:00 and the media briefing preceding it at 08:00-08:30. Speakers at the media briefing will be IPCC Vice-Chairs Thelma Krug and Youba Sokona, IPCC Vice-Chair and IPCC Working Group II Co-Chairs Hans-Otto Pörtner and Debra Roberts.

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Thelma Krug

National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Coordination of Earth Observation (DSR/OBT)

Thelma Krug was elected Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2015 for the Sixth Assessment Cycle, after having been co-chair of the IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories from 2002 until 2015. She is a former researcher at the Earth Observation Coordination at the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil, under the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC). She holds a PhD on Spatial Statistics from the University of Sheffield, UK. She has been Deputy National Secretary at the Secretary on Policies and Programs of Science and Technology at MCTIC; National Secretary at the Secretary on Climate Change and Environmental Quality from the Ministry of the Environment (MMA) and Director of the Department on Policies to Combat Deforestation under the Secretary of Climate Change and Forests at MMA. For more than 15 years she represented Brazil in the negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with particular focus on issues related to land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF); research and systematic observations; and reporting guidelines. Her main areas of interest are climate change and the role of deforestation, forest degradation and land-use change; REDD+; and national greenhouse gas inventories.<br />

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.

Debra C. Roberts

eThekwini Municipality

Debra Roberts is a Co-Chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the Sixth Assessment cycle. She is Head of the Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives Unit in eThekwini Municipality (Durban, South Africa). She was a lead author of Chapter 8 (Urban Areas) of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report and was elected as Co-Chair of Working Group II for the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment cycle in 2015. Debra is an Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the School of Life Sciences and is an advisor to the Global Commission on Adaptation, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the United Nations Secretary General’s 2019 Climate Summit. In 2019 she was included in a list of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy.

Debra Roberts est co-présidente du groupe de travail II du Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (GIEC) pour le sixième cycle d’évaluation. Elle dirige l’unité des initiatives pour une ville durable et résiliente de la municipalité d'eThekwini (Durban, Afrique du Sud). Elle a été l’un des auteurs principaux du chapitre 8 (zones urbaines) du groupe de travail II du cinquième rapport d’évaluation du Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (GIEC) et a été élue co-présidente du groupe de travail II pour le sixième cycle d’évaluation du GIEC en 2015. Debra est professeur honoraire à l’université de KwaZulu-Natal, à l’école des sciences de la vie, et conseillère auprès de la Commission mondiale sur l’adaptation, de l’Organisation mondiale de Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Uni (CGLU) et du Sommet sur le climat 2019 du secrétaire général des Nations unies. En 2019, elle a fait partie d’une liste des 100 personnes les plus influentes au monde en matière de politique climatique.

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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