Future Earth becomes IPCC observer organisation

Charles Sunkuli of Kenya's Ministry of Environment speaks during the opening day of the 43rd session of the IPCC, held in April in Nairobi. Photo: IISD/Kiara Worth (www.iisd.ca/climate/ipcc43/11apr.html)
New accreditation will give Future Earth the ability to provide additional input on reports by the international body for climate science.

During a meeting last month in Nairobi, Kenya, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) approved Future Earth as an observer organisation. The accreditation was announced at the 43rd Session of the IPCC, which was held from 11 to 13 April in Nairobi. The IPCC accepted Future Earth's observer status by consensus. 

IPCC observer organisations are allowed to give input to the IPCC process by nominating experts to participate in scoping meetings for assessment and special reports. The organisation launched one such special report, an examination of the consequences of an increase in global temperatures of 1.5°C, also following the meeting in Nairobi.

Future Earth welcomes its new accreditation. Future Earth considers the IPCC  one of its key partners and users of research output and expert knowledge. The observer status empowers Future Earth to support the IPCC process and output by contributing to the scoping of its reports and by tailoring research toward identified scientific gaps, with a specific focus on solutions and transitions to sustainability.

Future Earth has also formed a strategic partnership with the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). This relationship and the new IPCC observer status allow Future Earth to contribute on a broad level to international assessment efforts of knowledge on global environmental change.