UN orders independent review of its climate body (2)

09:01, March 11, 2010      

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Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Rajendra Pachauri speaks at a joint press conference with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (not pictured) at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States, March 10, 2010. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

In a brief statement, IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri said the panel has been "receptive and sensitive" to criticisms of its procedures.

He welcomed the review process and said it would help the IPCC conduct its research in a "solid and credible" way as it embarks on its Fifth Assessment Report.

An ad hoc Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) established by the IAC will conduct the review and to present recommendations on possible revisions of IPCC practices and procedures. The IEG has been asked to deliver its findings by August 31, Dijkgraaf said.

Responding to questions about whether the review panel would look into a possible conflict of interest in Pachauri's work advising companies like Deutsche Bank and Toyota, Dijkgraaf said, "We will look at the approach the IPCC has in how it is formed."

Pachauri acts as a paid consultant to many companies but he says the payments go to the Energy and Resources Institute, a Delhi-based nonprofit research center that he founded in 1982 and still leads.

However, whether he is paid directly or indirectly, many experts have voiced concern over the appropriateness for a chairman of the UN panel to serve as an advisor.

Source: Xinhua
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