Your Excellence, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Cuomo Foundation is here today to commend another advancement of the IPCC Scholarship Programme through its awards to new doctorial thesis students.

As the President of the Cuomo Foundation, I’m here to designate our Foundation’s interest in the research projects focusing on the effects provoked by global warming.

As a humanitarian organisation, we propose our humble support to the initiatives aiming at preserving and bettering the life on our planet in different forms.

All the five researchers from the 2013 group that our Foundation has followed over the last two years, successfully took up the challenge they posed themselves: that of “finding”.

Notably, the Foundation has givens its sponsorship to the project of Mr Pheakkdey Nguon, a participant of the 2013 group. Mr Nguon was involved in an important awareness programme on environmental change and concerns identified with deforestation through the international initiative REDD+ — Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.

In addition, we reacted positively this year to the request made by Mr Tran Anh Duong (Vietnam) from the 2013 group, who wished to extend his project for a further two years. He will continue his important study on water salinisation of the Mekong Delta.

The Foundation continues helping young researchers this year by awarding scholarships to three academics: Mr Cocou Jaures Amegnaglo (Benin), Mr Md Amirul Islam (Bangladesh), Mr Mulugeta Gemi Mokria (Ethiopia).

Their research projects focus respectively on improving accurate agricultural weather forecasting by crossing the traditional and the modern, creating efficient alternative power sources energies utilizing hydrogen, and researching meteorological records in the Blue Nile basin of the centuries past, utilizing tree ring as an intermediary.

I would like to pay a special tribute to Ms Ei Phyu Win who, living in Myanmar, pursues with vehemence her doctoral thesis on the link between rice cultivation and greenhouse gas emission. Not being able to make the trip, she sent us a message of gratitude. I am sharing with you, her best wishes.

The exploration and research of theses scholarships is a mix of diverse components: diligent work and financing consolidated some of the time with simple good luck.

These researchers can rely on our backing to influence —as unimportantly as it might be—the most capricious component of all of them: luck.

Thank you