Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
Multiple UN entities falsely describe the chairman of the IPCC as a Nobel prize winner.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a child of the United Nations. Established in 1988, its parents were UNEP (the UN Environment Programme) and the WMO (the UN’s World Meteorological Association).
In the years since the IPCC was honoured with half of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, other UN bodies didn’t merely celebrate this fact. The screw had to be given an extra turn.
But that’s not the worst of it. Even though Pachauri chairs a bureaucratic entity that won a share of a Peace Prize, this hasn’t prevented some UN bodies from airbrushing the word “peace” out of the equation. This has the effect of implying that Pachauri is something even grander – a recipient of one of those other Nobels, the kind awarded to truly original thinkers in fields such as physics or chemistry.
Shortly after the 2007 Nobel ceremony, the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa issued a press release announcing its intent to establish a center for climate policy in collaboration “with the Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri.”
Fast forward nearly six years, and we find UNICEF (the UN Children’s Fund) posting a video on its website a few months ago. Within the video itself, and in the description that appears beneath it, we’re told that Pachauri is a “Nobel Prize winner.”
The IPCC issued a statement in 2012 that says it’s improper to call any IPCC official a Nobel recipient. UNICEF clearly didn’t get the memo.
There was a time when I used to believe that, if a statement was uttered by a UN body, I could be reasonably certain that that statement was true.
These days, shameless exaggeration is apparently one of the UN’s core values.