IPCC to receive Rose-Walters Prize

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been named the recipient of Dickinson College’s Rose-Walters Prize. Welcoming the announcement at United Nations Climate Conference in Glasgow, the IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee said: 

“As the Chair of the IPCC, I’m very proud and happy to announce to you and our dear audience – both in this Science Pavilion and online – that the IPCC is the recipient of The Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College.

The Rose-Walters Prize honours the IPCC’s work of producing and communicating scientific knowledge that is the foundation of informed and effective action on climate change.

I’m particularly happy to be able to make this announcement on behalf of the IPCC during the COP26 in Glasgow.

The Rose-Walters Prize, which comes with the US$100,000 purse, is given annually to an individual or organization that makes a defining difference to advance responsible action on behalf of the planet, its resources and people.

The IPCC plans to use the prize money to further fund the IPCC Scholarship Programme, which provides scholarships for Ph.D. students from developing countries. This will allow them to conduct research that advances understanding of climate change risks and response strategies.”

A delegation from the IPCC will accept the award at Dickinson college in May 2022.


For more information:

IPCC Press Office, Email: ipcc-media@wmo.int
Andrej Mahecic, +41 22 730 8516, Werani Zabula, +41 22 730 8120

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About the IPCC

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide political leaders with periodic scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies. In the same year the UN General Assembly endorsed the action by the WMO and UNEP in jointly establishing the IPCC. It has 195 member states.

Thousands of people from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC. For the assessment reports, experts volunteer their time as IPCC authors to assess the thousands of scientific papers published each year to provide a comprehensive summary of what is known about the drivers of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and how adaptation and mitigation can reduce those risks.

The IPCC has three working groups: Working Group I, dealing with the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II, dealing with impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III, dealing with the mitigation of climate change. It also has a Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories that develops methodologies for estimating emissions and removals of greenhouse gases.

IPCC assessments provide governments, at all levels, with scientific information that they can use to develop climate policies. IPCC assessments are a key input into the international negotiations to tackle climate change. IPCC reports are drafted and reviewed in several stages, thus guaranteeing objectivity and transparency.