UN to review controversial climate panel

UN to review controversial climate panel

UN to review controversial climate panel

The UN's planOutgoing United Nations climate chief Yvo de Boer speaks at the Informal High-Level Meeting on Climate Change at the 11th Special Session of the Governing Council / Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the UN Environmental Programme annual meeting in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian island of Bali on Friday. AFP was announced as environmental experts at an international meeting hailed the opportunity to make progress on climate change after last year's Copenhagen talks ended in chaos and urged India and China to come on board.

Demands have mounted for a major overhaul at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose chairman Rajendra Pachauri has also come under fire for his stewardship of the body and alleged conflict of interest.

UN Environment Programme spokesman Nick Nuttall said at the meeting on the Indonesian resort island of Bali that a body appointed by independent scientists would be set up to "review and strengthen" the IPCC.

The world's top climate science panel is made up of several thousand scientists tasked with vetting scientific knowledge on climate change and its impacts.
But its reputation was damaged by a warning in a major 2007 report that global warming could melt Himalayan glaciers by 2035, a claim that has been widely discredited and fuelled scepticism in some quarters about mankind's role in climate change.Ahead of the Copenhagen summit, the IPCC was also rocked by the leaking of emails between some of its scientists that, according to sceptics, showed data had been skewed to mask contradictions about the evidence for man-made global warming.

The Copenhagen Accord has also come under heavy fire, with some critics already saying it has no future just over two months after it was hastily drafted to stave off a fiasco.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa urged countries to regain public trust by injecting greater urgency into negotiations ahead of the UN climate summit in November in Mexico.
"The initial sentiment after Copenhagen was one of gloom. Two months after, things are not as gloomy as they look," he said at the gathering in Nusa Dua.
"Many of the participants recognised there is a lack of confidence and a trust deficit after Copenhagen... To regain political momentum to restart the negotiations, the process must be open, transparent and inclusive".

Departing UN climate chief Yvo de Boer said the meeting in the Mexican resort of Cancun offered a huge opportunity to put the operational framework proposed in Copenhagen in place.

"Everybody was disappointed about the Copenhagen meeting's outcome but everybody wants to move forward," said de Boer.

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