Your location: Home > Science > Workstreams > Cooperation with the IPCC

Cooperation with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an independent body founded under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It assesses the scientific literature and provides vital scientific information to the climate change process. The IPCC is best known for its comprehensive assessment reports, incorporating summaries for policymakers from a synthesis report and from all three Working Groups, which are widely recognized as the most credible sources of information on climate change.

COP has repeatedly expressed its appreciation for the IPCC’s work and called on the Convention bodies, in particular the SBSTA, to continue cooperation with the IPCC and to seek its advice. It has also urged Parties to contribute financially to the IPCC’s work, as well as to nominate and support experts for the IPCC, especially from developing countries. According to Article 21.2 of the Convention, the secretariat “will cooperate closely with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to ensure that the Panel can respond to the need for objective scientific and technical advice”.


Information regarding the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the IPCC The earlier reports of the IPCC are available here.

Outlook for SBSTA 41 and COP 21

In October 2014, the Synthesis Report, the final component of the Fifth Assessment Report of IPCC (AR5), was finalized. The information contained in the AR5 is of relevance and could contribute to ongoing work under several agenda items of the SBSTA, including the 2013–2015 review, and its content is being considered under those agenda items as well as under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.

The contributions of the three Working Groups of the IPCC to the AR5 were presented at SBSTA 39 and 40 at SBSTA–IPCC special events. The synthesis of the main findings contained in the AR5 will be presented at SBSTA 41 at a SBSTA–IPCC special event, at COP 20 and at the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) by the Chair of the IPCC.

The SBSTA will be invited to consider this matter. Conclusions and a draft decision for consideration by the COP on the Fifth Assessment report of IPCC are expected to be prepared under the auspices of the SBSTA Chair.

Ready for some Climate Change News?

Visit the