2 organizations awarded for work on climate change

LISBON (HPD) — Two intergovernmental organizations have won a prize worth 1 million euros ($970,000) for their work on climate change.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) have won the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, organizers announced Thursday.

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is chair of the jury, said the prize will help keep climate change top of mind even as Russia’s war in Ukraine and its aftermath vie for attention.

The IPCC is a UN body that since 1998 promotes scientific research and supports government efforts to combat climate change. In 2007, he shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former US Vice President Al Gore.

IPBES is an independent organization established in 2012 to facilitate the transfer of information between scientists and governments.

The award was created in 2020 by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, based in Lisbon, Portugal, to recognize important contributions to mitigating and adapting to climate change.

It previously honored Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg.

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