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IPCC Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary

20th Anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 31 August 2008: The celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its twenty-ninth

plenary Session are convening in Geneva, Switzerland, until 4 September 2008.

During the twentieth anniversary opening

ceremony, participants heard remarks by Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chairman, as

well as Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; Moritz Leuenberger, Federal

Councilor and Head of the Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and

Communications, Swiss Confederation; Michel Jarraud, World Meteorological

Organization Secretary-General; Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme

Executive Director; and Roberto Acosta, on behalf of Yvo de Boer, UN Framework

Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary. [The statements]