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Cooperation with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change



The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assesses the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change.

The IPCC is an independent body founded under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 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.

The Conference of the Parties (COP) has repeatedly expressed its appreciation for the IPCC’s work and called on the Convention bodies, in particular the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (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”. Further background information >>

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pdf-icon IPCC Statement (145 kB) at Opening plenary of SBSTA 43, COP 21 on 1st December 2015


The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the 
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Earlier reports of the IPCC are available here.

In October 2014, the Synthesis Report, the final component of the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC (AR5), was finalized. The information contained in the AR5 is of relevance and being considered under several agenda items of the SBSTA and 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 were 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.