The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), comprising 195 member countries, determines the state of knowledge on climate change through its assessments. It identifies concurrence in the scientific community and the areas of further research. Even though IPCC does not conduct its own research, it drafts and reviews reports in several stages, guaranteeing objectivity and transparency. IPCC reports are neutral, policy-relevant but not policy-prescriptive. These assessment reports are a key input in the international negotiations to tackle climate change. The authors, nominated by the member governments are selected through a careful process that aims to reflect the range of scientific, technical and socio-economic expertise and to strike a good balance in terms of gender, geographical representation and representation of experts from countries that are developing, developed and those with economies in transition. Using the example of the much deliberated IPCC Report on the ‘Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees C’, the seminar will
i. Give an exposure to the global assessment process
ii. Identify emerging areas of interest for the policymakers and the research community
Minal Pathak works as a Senior Scientist with the Technical Support Unit of Working Group III (Mitigation) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She coordinates activities at the Global Centre for Environment and Energy at Ahmedabad University. Prior to this, she was Associate Professor in the Faculty of Planning at CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Her research focuses on low carbon cities, scenarios assessment, transportation decarbonization and urban resilience. She is a lead author on the Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities coordinated by Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Professor Pathak holds a PhD and MSc in Environmental Science. She is a Visiting Researcher at Imperial College London and has held visiting scholar positions at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru.
Renee van Diemen works as a Scientist at the Working Group III Technical Support Unit of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC). Working Group III covers the mitigation of climate change, i.e. methods for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and enhancing atmospheric sinks. Previously, she worked at the Research Councils UK Energy Strategy Fellowship. A book based on the research programme, Energy Innovation for the 21st century: Accelerating the Energy Revolution, is under publication for Edward Elgar. She holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, where she specialised in energy policy. She studied Mandarin Chinese at Fudan University in Shanghai and hold a BA in International Relations and Economics from Loughborough University.