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After a campaign in the Alps: Will Van Ypresel become the chair of the UN Climate Commission, or will she become a woman for the first time?

After a campaign in the Alps: Will Van Ypresel become the chair of the UN Climate Commission, or will she become a woman for the first time?

Our compatriot Jean-Pascal van Ypersel has campaigned extensively, including on Twitter (now X), and really wants the job. He participated once in 2015. Despite his experience as a former vice chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he saw Hosung Lee of South Korea triumph.

Van Ypersele is affiliated with the University of Louvain-la-Neuve as a university professor. He speaks French, but besides English he is also fluent in Dutch. These would be his three priorities if elected:

  • inclusivity. He wants to get out as many scientists as possible Developing countriesAnd feminine scientists and young man Involve researchers in the following climate reports “because they are the best reflection of the climate reality for all the inhabitants of our small planet.”
  • a lot Stronger voice of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in the climate debate, “So no one can say they didn’t know the climate crisis was very urgent.” So science has to become more accessible, he says. He also wants to stay close to “normal” people.
  • Focus on Solution, because there, also in the south, Van Ypersele asserts. For him, solutions mean a message of positivity and a message of hope in the midst of often bleak climate messages.

distinct: In his campaign video, Van Ebersil stands with a banner over Mont Blanc, which he climbed in 2020. “I am ready to take the IPCC to new heights,” the statement reads. It won’t be obvious, because the competition is fierce.

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