"The Right Gender or the Right Country"
Donna LaFramboise made a big deal about the occurrence of "gender" in answers to the InterAcademy Council (IAC) Questionnaire, but when I read through the comments that my "gender" word search came up with collectively they seemed fairly ho-hum, with supportive voices as much as negative ones.
Also worth considering here.
Why do 100% of the authors need to be the best and the brightest.
Who says there isn't room for a small percentage of proteges participating without compromising the quality of the report
Joint effort to properly combine scientific excellence, geographical balance and the diversity of views within the author teams.
Relatively few nominations from certain key geographical areas, mainly developing countries.
- Increasing the participation of experts from the developing countries has been a priority for
the IPCC work. This should be a permanent goal for the IPCC activities in the future.
- More involvement of IPCC Bureau Members in encouraging nominations by the IPCC Focal
Points (FPs) in their respective regions.
The role of gender and geographic factors in selecting authors/lead authors/review editors should be suppressed. Scientific quality and background should be the main criterion (with exception of clearly regional chapters where the regional factor should remain important)
Strengths: Some geographical balance achieved
Weaknesses: Difficulty to respond satisfactorily to the challenge of balance scientific capacities and other criteria (regional and gender); opacity of the process conducted in the TSU and almost no discussion on the choices made by the TSUs is possible in the Bureau meetings
Recommendations: Establish clear rules for the choice of these experts, ensuring transparency of the process; let the plenary decide on the choice of the experts and not the Bureau
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2. Every time an IPCC process is initiated for a new report a new ―architecture‖ is proposed by the new team; this happens without opening unnecessary gaps to keep apart the present and previous report approaches; so, there is a balance between what has been accomplished and
3. The scoping process as it is now usually succeeds to deliver a global architecture of the report solid enough to support an original approach, at the same time providing sufficient room to comprehensively populate the designed architecture with required knowledge in the assessment process.
I think that the selection of lead authors based on scientific excellence and balanced representation of scientific domains, geographical locations and gender is strength of the IPCC process.
Firstly, it is coping with the multidimensional approach of the climate change issues.
Secondly, this selection addresses the importance of knowledge projections to regional and local scales to reach local communities.
Also, it improves knowledge transfer among scientists which is important for both scientific community and general public.
- identifying themes, items , policy questions
- setting priorities and identifying calendars
- developing rules and procedures
- oversee the balance of the report (issues, geographical balance, balance in authors (expertise,
geographical and gender balance)
- guide and also control (in a way) the IPCC secretariat to see it is functioning well and the budget is spent well and in agreement with the decisions of the plenary....