|On 10 December 2007, the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony was held in Oslo, Norway, where the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the former US Vice President Al Gore jointly were honoured for their achievements.
The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and is an organisation which has the participation of a large number of world scientists and researchers. The IPCC has sounded the warning bell for humanity by collecting cutting-edge knowledge from researchers around the world and providing information on climate change based on scientific proof, as well as presenting future projections and possible ways to deal with impacts of climate change.
Highlighting the severity of climate change and the importance of preventative actions, the Nobel Committee commended the work of the IPCC "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".
The Award Ceremony was attended by 25 expert representatives of the IPCC, including Mr. Taka Hiraishi who is on the Board of Directors and a Senior Consultant at IGES.
Mr. Hiraishi currently serves as the Co-chair on the IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. He is the only Japanese member of the IPCC Bureau.
Mr. Hiraishi commented on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC: "This award acknowledges the hard work of thousands of specialists who have collaborated in the IPCC over the past 20 years, and so I am extremely honoured to have attended the award ceremony as one of their representatives. It turned out that I was the only Japanese participant from the IPCC at the ceremony, but in fact there are many Japanese specialists who are making great contributions to the work of the IPCC.
The award ceremony was held at Oslo City Hall which was decorated with a huge mural and thousands of flowers. The ceremony was attended by the King of Norway and other members of the royal family. It was a splendid occasion, with a real sense of one hundred years of tradition. In their Nobel Lectures, Dr. Pachauri and Al Gore displayed great sincerity and strength, and the banquet following the ceremony was wonderfully friendly. The next day, several events including Nobel Peace Prize concert were held and I was especially moved by the children's performance of the Oslo Schools. "
The Technical Support Unit (TSU) for IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme (NGGIP) was set up at IGES in 1999. The TSU supports the practical management of the NGGIP by developing and publishing guidelines for the preparation of inventories of national greenhouse gas emissions and removals.