Minister welcomes appointment of Irish climate scientist to senior UN role

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Minister Ryan welcomes appointment of Dr. Tara Shine as co-facilitator of the Structured Expert Dialogue (SED) of the 2nd Periodic Review under the UNFCCC

Dr Tara Shine has been appointed as co-facilitator of the Structured Expert Dialogue of the Second Periodic Review under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Structured Expert Dialogue is a science – policy discussion as part of the Periodic Review of the long term goal to hold global temperature rise to well below 2°C, aiming for 1.5oC.  It will assess progress towards the goal and identify challenges and opportunities for achieving it. 

Welcoming the appointment today (02 October), Minister Ryan said:

I would like to congratulate Dr Shine on her appointment as co-facilitator of the Structured Expert Dialogue under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Her nomination and successful appointment in the role is in recognition of her wealth of experience and engagement as an environmental scientist, international climate change negotiator and adviser to governments and world leaders on environmental and climate policy, and matters of climate justice.

I am delighted to support Dr Shine in this role, it reflects Ireland’s commitment to a science-based approach to climate decision making, and the need to continually engage with other countries at an international level on the shared global climate challenge. It is fundamental that we listen to the scientific evidence and what is it telling us about the future of our planet

Dr Shine, Director of Change by Degrees and Chair of the International Institute for Environment and Development, welcomed her appointment and said;

“I am honoured to have been appointed to this role and look forward to co-facilitating this dialogue between scientists and policy makers.  Our work together will assess the progress made to achieve the 1.5oC goal and the opportunities we have today to provide a safe climate system for future generations.”

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