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Adil Najam among Nobel award winners

Islamabad, Oct 27: Pakistani Professor Adil Najam, now teaching at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA, is among the team of scientists and experts in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Prof Adil Najam did much of his schooling in Islamabad, at the Islamabad College for Boys (ICB) G-6. Before that he also studied at St Mary's Academy, Rawalpindi, and St Patrick's High School, Karachi.

Before embarking to the US to pursue higher studies and taking up the teaching profession there, Adil Najam remained associated with the now defunct 'The Muslim' in the early 1980s as a 'Sports Reporter'.

He covered a number of international cricket series played all over Pakistan during the 1980s and was considered an expert on cricket affairs. Later, he wrote extensively on the environmental issues in different newspapers of Pakistan as well.

Dr Adil Najam holds a doctorate and two Masters degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a specialisation in negotiation from Harvard Law School, and an engineering degree from UET, Lahore. He has taught at MIT, at Boston University, at University of Massachusetts and currently at Tufts University. He has also been awarded MIT's Goodwin Medal for Teaching, the Paddock Teaching Award of the Fletcher School, and Stein Rokan Award of the International Studies Association.

When asked, Prof Najam said that his early education in Pakistan, especially at ICB, Islamabad, and then at the University of Engineering at Lahore laid the foundation of his academic career." These institutions gave me an outlook on life and taught me well enough that I have never had any problems adjusting to even the most prestigious universities in the world."

The 2007 Peace Prize, announced in Stockholm, Sweden, this month includes a gold medal and $1.5 million, is to be shared between the IPCC scientific panel and former US Vice President Al Gore for enhancing the understanding of the science of climate change. The IPCC is a panel of the world's most eminent and leading scientists working on global warming and it produces its scientific assessment every 4-5 years. These assessments, especially the most recent one on which Prof Najam was a Convening Lead Author, have been influential in moving global climate policy, including changes in US and other country positions on the subject.

Prof Adil Najam has served as an expert on this prestigious panel for 8 years, and as a Convening Lead Author for its most recent report. Along with other scientists on the panel he helped shape the findings of the IPCC, especially on issues related sustainable development and other developing country interests.

When asked to comment on the Nobel award, Dr Najam stressed that this honour was not for any individual but for the IPCC as an institution and is shared for the scientific work done by a large number of experts from around the world. He also said that the last few Nobel Peace Awards, including those for Wangari Maathai (Kenya, 2004) and Mohammad Younas (Bangladesh, 2007) shows "an acknowledgement that environmental and poverty issues are being accepted as amongst the greatest threats to global peace and security." He added that "what the Nobel committee has really done is to award the prize to the issue of global climate change." The News

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