GENEVA, 20 APRIL 2002 (IPCC) – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has elected Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri as its next Chairman at its 19th session in Geneva. Dr. Pachauri, a citizen of India, is a world-class expert in economics and technology, two areas critical to the IPCC. He assured the session of his strong commitment to the IPCC process, its scientific integrity and the spirit of consensus by which it functions so effectively. The outgoing
Chairman, Dr. Robert T. Watson, has reaffirmed his commitment and pledged his support.