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REPORT OF THE NINETEENTH SESSION OF THE
INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE (IPCC)
Geneva, 17-20 (a.m. only) April 2002
1. OPENING OF THE SESSION
1.1 IPCC Chair Dr Robert Watson opened the Session on 17 April 2002 at 10.30 a.m.
1.2 The IPCC Chair, the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization: Professor
G.O.P. Obasi, the Executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme: Dr Klaus
Toepfer and the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of
the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): Dr Halldor Thorgeirsson,
addressed the Panel.
1.3 The agenda as approved is attached as Appendix A, the list of attendees is at Appendix B and
the decisions of the Session at Appendix C.
2. APPROVAL OF THE DRAFT REPORT OF THE EIGHTEENTH SESSION
2.1 Several amendments were made to section 4 the draft report of the 18th Session of the Panel.
The report, as approved, is attached as Appendix D.
3. ELECTIONS OF THE BUREAU OF THE IPCC
3.1 In accordance with Regulation 24 of the WMO General Regulations a Credentials Committee
was established. It consisted of one representative of each of the six IPCC regions (Appendix E).
Legal advisors from the IPCC parent organisations WMO and UNEP assisted the committee.
3.2 To facilitate the election process, and consistent with regulations 24, 25, 26, 30 and 31 of the
WMO General Regulations, a Nomination Committee was established. It consisted of two members
from each of the six IPCC regions (Appendix F). Consistent with decisions 10 and 11 taken at the
Eighteenth Session of the Panel (Appendix G) it was agreed that the Nomination Committee would
consider all 30 positions on the IPCC Bureau and the 12 positions on the Bureau of the Task Force on
Inventories. The Panel agreed that the Nomination Committee and the regional groups could hold
informal consultations with candidates for the Chair of the IPCC and for other positions. It asked the
Nomination Committee to report to the Panel at least twice a day.
3.3 In the initial discussion many delegations noted that the rules for election of the IPCC Bureau
were not very clear. The Panel agreed that clear procedures for elections should be put in place well
before the next round of elections.
3.4 In this context of the election for Bureau positions other than the Chair the following issues
* the rotation of posts needs to be considered in future;
* there need to be clear procedures for the elections, including role and mandate of the Nomination
Committee, whether the Chair would be elected before the Bureau, whether there would be a
single Chair or Co-chairs;
* whether there should be limits to the term of office; and,
* what is the most appropriate distribution of seats between, and within, IPCC Regions (the issue of
the distribution of seats between western and eastern Europe and central Asia was of particular
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