In a ceremony at the University’s New Delhi campus, Dr Pachauri highlighted the former president’s keen interest in climate and his outstanding work.
“There are very few Heads of Government in the world who understand the scientific, economic and social dimensions of climate change like President Jagdeo. His sense of the global injustice that climate change represents is combined with a very rare understanding of key issues, and a global vision of suitable solutions.
Dr Pachauri is the Chairman of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, and accepted the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former US Vice President, Al Gore. Dr Pachauri accepted the prize on behalf of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, established by the United Nations and consisting of most of the world’s governments.
Former President Jagdeo in accepting the award said: “I want to express my deep appreciation to Dr Pachauri and to TERI University for the honour they have granted me, but more importantly, for the work that they do. Climate change is a problem of existential proportions for large numbers of the world’s most vulnerable people. Progressive citizens, organisations and governments in every part of the world must keep up the pressure on those who try to stop us from taking the action we need to take to avert climate catastrophe. The work of Dr Pachauri and TERI University builds on the empirical evidence base we need to further that action. They are also helping to craft the building blocks of the new global economy – where we meet the challenge of a larger, richer global population through development that is environmentally sustainable, as well as economically and socially progressive.”