Climate Change

The presentation will focus on the role and activities of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The IPCC assesses the thousands of scientific papers published each year to tell policymakers what we know and don’t know about the risks related to climate change. Since its inception in 1988, the IPCC has produced five comprehensive Assessment Reports and several Special Reports on specific topics. IPCC has also produced Methodology Reports, which provide practical guidelines on the preparation of greenhouse gas inventories for the inventory reporting requirements of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). To produce its reports, the IPCC mobilizes hundreds of scientists.

The IPCC is currently in its Sixth Assessment cycle, during which it will produce three Special Reports, a Methodology Report and the Sixth Assessment Report. The first of these reports, the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC, will be delivered in October 2018 in time for the Talanoa dialogue as per the request of COP21. In 2019, the IPCC will update its methodologies in order for countries to report their emissions in line with the Paris Agreement on the basis of the best science.

Two other special reports on land and on oceans will also be delivered in 2019. The Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate would assess new knowledge related to sea-level risks and options for increasing coastal resilience in both human and natural systems. It would look at water from the mountain top to the sea. During the Sixth Assessment Cycle, the IPCC will also assess many topics related to life on land including desertification, sustainable land management and food security in a Special Report on Climate Change and Land.

The full Sixth Assessment Report, including three working group contributions on different aspects of climate change ready in 2021, will be completed with a Synthesis Report in 2022, in time for the first global stocktake under the Paris Agreement the following year.

The work on these reports will be presented to you.

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Mr Abdalah Mokssit, Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Mr Abdalah Mokssit is the 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.

Mr Mokssit, born in Azrou, Morocco in 1961,  obtained his Masters Degree in Mathematics from the University of Rabat in 1983, his graduate degree in Meteorology from the National School of Meteorology of Toulouse, Météo-France in 1985 and second graduate degree in Telematics and Information Systems from SUPELEC in France in 1987. He also has a diploma of High Management Course of the Ministry of the Public Works of Morocco.

Mr Mokssit has an extensive experience in strategic management.  In July 1987, he joined the Centre of Studies and Information Processing in Morocco and became the Chief of dynamic meteorology service of Morocco in 1991. In July 1992, he became the Head of a Division in the National Centre for Climate and Meteorological Research (CNCRM) in Morocco and in January 2005 was appointed as the Deputy Director of the National Meteorological Department of Morocco and Head of the CNCRM. In February 2009, Mr Mokssit was appointed as 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 Mr 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.

Mr Mokksit has been active in international cooperation with regional and international centres such as the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, the African. Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) and the ALADIN, a European group of countries working on numerical weather prediction. Mr Mokssit has received the medal Le Verrier in recognition of his work achieved on expanding  the use of the PERIDOT model to North Africa and Eastern Europe and the initiation of the international project ALADIN.

Title: Climate Change

Date: 6 April 2018

Time: 11:30 - 12:00

Room: V

Language: English

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