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Hi, this is Michelle. This week countries are gathered in Nairobi to elect the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new bureau. We spoke to the Scottish scientist in the running for the top job about his vision for the UN climate body.

As heatwaves and floods propel climate change into the headlines, here’s a reminder of why the organisation tasked with coordinating weather tracking is relevant. On the trade front, the long stalled issue of how to settle disagreements between countries may be revived this week.

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Jim Skea, professor of sustainable energy at Imperial College London and co-chair of the IPCC’s working group on mitigation, is running for chair of the UN climate panel. (Wikimedia)

🌳Meet the scientist hoping to become the UN climate panel’s next ‘nudger-in-chief’. The UN’s expert body on climate change will elect its top brass this week. Scottish scientist and longtime insider Jim Skea is banking on his 30 years of experience within the climate panel to land the top job.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🛠️ WTO seeks fix to ruptured dispute settlement process. Countries are expected to get an update Friday on where negotiations stand to reform the dispute settlement system, a potentially make-or-break issue for the group’s next ministerial conference in February.

Politico (EN)

🌬️Explainer: The World Meteorological Organization at the heart of the climate crisis. As climate change hits hard to set new records in global temperatures, the WMO is regularly cited in news reports. Here’s a look at what this UN body does and why it matters.

Swissinfo (EN)

📜A century ago in Lausanne, a treaty of traumas. Signed in 1923, the Treaty of Lausanne marked the birth of present-day Turkey, but also the defeat of minorities, which will never be fully considered as such.

Le Temps (paywall) (FR)

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