The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.
The IPCC was created to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation options.
Through its assessments, the IPCC determines the state of knowledge on climate change. It identifies where there is agreement in the scientific community on topics related to climate change, and where further research is needed. The reports are drafted and reviewed in several stages, thus guaranteeing objectivity and transparency.
The IPCC does not conduct its own research. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports are neutral, policy-relevant but not policy-prescriptive. The assessment reports are a key input into the international negotiations to tackle climate change. Created by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988, the IPCC has 195 Member countries. In the same year, the UN General Assembly endorsed the action by WMO and UNEP in jointly establishing the IPCC.
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- Keynote Speech by IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee – 2020 City Week London Conference 24 September 2020IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee gave the opening keynote address to the 2020 City Week London Conference. Download in PDF format
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- Obituary: Konrad Steffen 14 August 2020Konrad Steffen, 1952-2020 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is greatly saddened to learn of the loss of Konrad “Koni” Steffen who passed away aged 68 on 8 August 2020 in an accident in Greenland. Professor Steffen contributed to the IPCC as a Lead Author on the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in […]
- IPCC Working Group III releases new schedule, postpones fourth Lead Author Meeting 12 August 2020Reissued on 12 August clarifying the literature cut-off date. GENEVA, Aug 12 – Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which assesses the mitigation of climate change, has updated the schedule for its contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and postponed its final Lead Author Meeting for AR6, as the COVID-19 […]
- IPCC Working Group II to hold a series of virtual meetings to advance work on its Assessment Report 11 August 2020GENEVA, Aug 11 – Experts in the fields of climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability will meet virtually from 17 to 28 August 2020 to advance work on the contribution of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). Adapting to the challenges of a world […]