Nobel Peace Prize: SEI important in IPCC build-up

Stockholm Environment Institute, one of the key institutes behind Stockholm Resilience Centre, played a seminal role in the founding of the IPCC, this year's joint Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Twenty years ago the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) played a seminal role in the history of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

In the mid-80s, SEI convened the Advisory Group on Greenhouse Gases (AGGG), a scientific body established by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organisation, which served as a precursor to the IPCC. Leading roles were played by SEI's Executive Director Gordon Goodman, and chairman of SEI's Board, Professor Bert Bolin, who would later become the first chairman of the IPCC.

SEI has remained involved in the IPCC ever since. In this year´s Fourth Assessment Report, SEI researcher Richard Klein served as the coordinating lead author of the chapter “Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation."

Several SEI staff were involved in earlier reports as well.

- Conducting research, no matter how policy-relevant, is not enough. The results need to be assessed and communicated in a transparent and credible manner, and presented in a way that responds to the questions of decision-makers, he says.

Encouragement for further work
Johan Rockström, director of SEI and Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre, sees the Nobel Peace Prize as an important acknowledgement of the work done by IPCC and SEI.

- The Norwegian Nobel Committee has recognised how important it is to communicate the message of climate change and pays tribute to the outstanding achievements of the IPCC and Al Gore in creating a bridge between science and action, says Johan Rockström.

SEI´s mission is to support decision-making and induce change towards sustainable development around the world by providing integrative knowledge that bridges science and policy in the field of environment and development.

- We see the Nobel Peace Price as an encouragement to continue our work on climate change and development, and to intensify our efforts to communicate our findings to those who can act on them, Rockström says.


"This Nobel Peace Prize is a celebration of the persistence with which the IPCC has worked to deliver climate science to areas where we as society can act on the message."

Richard Klein


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