Better understanding of the science behind climate change, and the evidence and information obtained from
evolving understanding of the physical, natural, social and economic aspects of climate change provide an
essential basis for issues under consideration in the UNFCCC process.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has a well-established role in the Convention process in
communicating scientific information through its regular assessments and wide range of special reports and
technical papers. Although it does not carry out its own research, it plays a key role in assessing published
scientific information from worldwide climate research, and also has an important function in identifying
priority needs for further research activities.