Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Type of Structure: committee / commission
Regional Scope: global
Parent Organisations: WMO.UN, UNEP.UN
Child Organisations:
No more in operation: IPCC-AR2-1995, IPCC-AR3-2001, IPCC-AR4-2007, IPCC-AR5-2013, IPCC-AR6
Duration : 1988 to present
Contact Address: no office contact defined

General information and objectives

The IPCC is a scientific body. It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change. It does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. Thousands of scientists from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC on a voluntary basis. Review is an essential part of the IPCC process, to ensure an objective and complete assessment of current information. Differing viewpoints existing within the scientific community are reflected in the IPCC reports.   The IPCC is an intergovernmental body, and it is open to all member countries of UN and WMO. Governments are involved in the IPCC work as they can participate in the review process and in the IPCC plenary sessions, where main decisions about the IPCC workprogramme are taken and reports are accepted, adopted and approved. The IPCC Bureau and Chairperson are also elected in the plenary sessions.   Because of its scientific and intergovernmental nature, the IPCC embodies a unique opportunity to provide rigorous and balanced scientific information to decision makers. By endorsing the IPCC reports, governments acknowledge the authority of their scientific content. The work of the organization is therefore policy-relevant and yet policy-neutral, never policy-prescriptive.

To assess the present knowledge on global change.
The assessments will provide informed input to the scientific, political and economic debates and negotiations that will take place in the immediate future. Appropirate strategies in response to the issue of climate change can be based on the scientific foundation that the report provides. The reports are, therefore, an essential reference for all who are concerned with climate change and its consequences.

Structure of the work groups assessing the present knowledge on global change:
Working Group I: Assessment of available scientific information on climate change
Working Group II: assessment of the environmental and socio-economic impacts of climate change
Working Group III: assessment of the response strategies

IPCC received the Nobel PeacePrice 2007 together with Al Gore
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

For further details, link to the IPCC Home Page

Last update: 4/27/22
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2022)

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