Brasília, 20 April 2023 (TDI): On April 10th, Brazil nominated Dr. Thelma Krug as a candidate for the presidency of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) during the Panel’s 7th assessment cycle from 2023 to 2028.
The IPCC, a United Nations body established in 1988 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), assesses the science related to climate change.
Its work has played a vital role in alerting about the implications and possible risks associated with the phenomenon, mobilizing political will, and achieving ambitious international milestones such as the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.
Dr. Krug, a renowned scientist with extensive experience in climate change issues, has a degree in mathematics from Roosevelt University in Chicago, USA, and a doctoral degree in space statistics from the University of Sheffield in England.
She has made a career as a full researcher at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and held various positions at the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) and the Ministry of Environment (MMA) in the Brazilian government. At the IPCC, she co-chaired the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories and has been one of the three vice-chairs of the Panel since 2015.
Brazil’s nomination of Dr. Krug reflects the country’s commitment to global efforts to combat climate change, as demonstrated by the candidacy of the city of Belém, Pará, to host the 30th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 30) in 2025.
If elected, Dr. Krug would be the first woman and the first representative from Latin America to chair the IPCC. The election will take place during the 59th Plenary Session of the IPCC in Nairobi, Kenya, from July 24 to 28, 2023, where the other 33 vacancies on the IPCC Bureau will also be filled.