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Kenyan scientist elected as vice chair of global Climate panel

 Dr Cromwel Lukorito has been elected as the Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II. [Benjamin Sakwa, Standard]

Dr Cromwel Lukorito, a senior lecturer at the Department of Earth and Climate Sciences, University of Nairobi, has been elected as the Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II.

The election results were announced on Friday, June 28, 2023, with Dr Lukorito securing a substantial 101 votes, defeating Sudan's candidate Hana Hamadala, who garnered 44 votes.

The nomination for the position of Working Group II Vice Chair was made by Kenya Meteorological Department director Dr David Gikungu.

Dr Gikungu highlighted Dr Lukorito's extensive experience as a climate scientist with a specific focus on adaptation, particularly in food systems in Africa.

The nomination was sent in a letter dated June 19, to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Secretary Abdallah Mokssit.

As the IPCC Working Group II Vice Chair, Dr Lukorito will play a pivotal role in shaping and guiding crucial assessments on climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptation measures.

His exceptional expertise and dedication to climate science have been recognised through this esteemed appointment.

Reacting to the outcome Patricia Nying'uro, Climate Scientist and IPCC Focal Point for Kenya said the election of Dr Lukorito is quite exciting for Kenyans and a milestone for Africa.

She stated Kenya now has a seat in the Bureau for the duration of the 7th assessment cycle of the IPCC, and this vice chair post will enable us to coordinate the work of our sterling authors in the country and the region, ensuring that there is inclusivity in the work of IPCC.

“We look forward to working very closely with the rest of Africa and developing World Bureau members to put our needs front and centre. Additionally, we will continue collaborating with the rest of the world to enhance the integrity of the IPCC products,” she said.

The international community has shown overwhelming support for Dr Lukorito's election, recognizing the positive impact he will have on shaping climate policies and fostering cooperation between nations in the fight against climate change.

This historic moment marks a significant milestone for both Kenya and the international scientific community. His leadership and vision are expected to drive collaborative efforts in addressing the urgent challenges posed by the global climate crisis.

Dr Lukorito's election is not only a victory for Kenya but also a testament to Africa's invaluable contributions to climate research and environmental conservation efforts. It highlights the importance of inclusivity and diversity in global decision-making processes, setting a precedent for more representation from the continent in the realm of climate science.

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