Youba Sokona - speaker of CACCC 2020

23 September 2020
Youba Sokona - speaker of CACCC 2020

The Third Central Asia Climate Change Conference (CACCC 2020) will be held online on October 19-23, 2020. The objective of the conference is to strengthen a regional dialogue on climate change and sustainable development through the information and knowledge exchange in Central Asia. You can get more detailed information on the CACCC-2020 here

A series of our publications will be dedicated to the speakers of the upcoming event. And, today, we would like to introduce you to Youba Sokona, Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His presentations will take place at the opening and closing of the CACCC-2020, October 19 and 23.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides scientific assessments on climate change and develops climate adaptation and mitigation strategies. This organization was established by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide policy leaders with periodic scientific assessments on climate change and climate adaptation and mitigation strategies.

 The IPCC assessments are a crucial contribution to international negotiations on climate change tackle. The reports are prepared and reviewed in several stages, which guarantees their objectivity.


Professor Yuba Sokona is currently Senior Advisor for Sustainable Development at the South Center.

He has over 35 years of experience addressing energy, environment and sustainable development in Africa.

Professor Yuba Sokona has been at the heart of national and continental initiatives. He coordinated the formation and development of the African Renewable Energy Initiative.

Yuba Sokona was the lead author of the IPCC since 1990, afterwards he became the co-chair of IPCC Working Group III on Climate Change Mitigation for the Fifth Assessment Report.

Professor Yuba Sokona was elected Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 15.

He also has a proven track record of organizational leadership and management as:

·           Inaugural Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC);

·           Executive Secretary of the Sahara and the Sahel Observatory (OSS).

Yuba Sokona is a member of councils and organizations, including:

·           Honorary Professor at the University College London (UCL);

·           Member of African Academy of Sciences;

·           Member of Science Advisory Committee of the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA);

·           Special Advisor to the African Energy Leaders Group;

·           Member of the Advisory Board of the Payne Institute for Public Policy;

·           Colorado School of Mines, USA.

Stay tuned for further updates to know about other interesting speakers of the CACCC-2020