Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change |
Mr Abdalah Mokssit,
Secretary of the WMO/UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Mr Mokssit has a long experience with the IPCC and WMO and at the national level. Mr Mokksit is Director of the National Meteorological Service of Morocco and was previously Vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group I, which assesses the physical scientific aspects of the climate system and climate change. He was re-elected for a second term as WMO Third Vice-President by the World Meteorological Congress last year, and he is a prominent member of several WMO commissions including the Commission on Climatology and the Commission for Basic Systems.
Mr Mokksit has been active in international cooperation with regional and international centres such as the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts and the Aladin Consortium, a European group of countries working on numerical weather prediction. 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. He is also a member of the National Economic and Social Council of Morocco.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was created in 1988. It was set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to prepare, based on available scientific information, assessments on all aspects of climate change and its impacts, with a view of formulating realistic response strategies. The initial task for the IPCC as outlined in UN General Assembly Resolution 43/53 of 6 December 1988 was to prepare a comprehensive review and recommendations with respect to the state of knowledge of the science of climate change; the social and economic impact of climate change, and possible response strategies and elements for inclusion in a possible future international convention on climate. Today the IPCC’s role is as defined in Principles Governing IPCC Work, « …to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. IPCC reports should be neutral with respect to policy, although they may need to deal objectively with scientific, technical and socio-economic factors relevant to the application of particular policies. »
Oslo, 10 December 2007 : The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize « 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 ».