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InterAcademy Council Names IPCC Review Committee

3 May 2010: The InterAcademy Council (IAC), an organization of the world's science academies, announced that Harold Shapiro, an economist and former president of Princeton University and the University of Michigan, will chair a 12-member committee to conduct an independent review of the procedures and processes of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The IAC committee, whose members were nominated by science and engineering academies around the world, includes experts representing several countries and disciplines. Following last month's request by the UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon and IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri, the committee will review IPCC procedures for preparing its assessment reports, including: data quality assurance and control; type of literature to be cited; expert and government review of IPCC materials; handling of the full range of scientific views; and correction of errors that are identified after completion of a report. The committee also will review overall IPCC processes, including management functions and communication strategies.

The InterAcademy Council plans to deliver a peer-reviewed report with the committee's findings and recommendations to the UN by 30 August 2010. The report will be delivered to the UN Secretary-General as well as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the IPCC, with the intention of informing an October IPCC meeting.[InterAcademy Council Announcement][IPCC Website]