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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the InterAcademy Councils' independent review of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, also known as the IPCC.
The report calls for a thorough reform of the UN body on climate change, including the appointment of an executive director, with greater autonomy and more responsibility than the current IPCC secretary.
The reform should ensure, that the credibility of the UN panel can be upheld as the global debate on climate change gains momentum and controversy.
The report says the panel can make predictions only when it has solid evidence and should avoid policy advocacy. The policy recommendation came after errors were discovered in the IPCC's climate change research reports, and conflicts of interest were alleged among IPCC members.
Ban Ki-moon is urging the one hundred and ninety-four member governments of the IPCC to carefully review its assessment and take appropriate action in light of the council's recommendations.