What is the IPCC’s role?

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is the international body responsible for scientifically analysing climate change.

Created in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the IPCC:

  • assesses the current state of our most advanced knowledge about climate change,

  • produces reports about climate change, its effects and future risks,

  • presents political leaders with adaptation and attenuation strategies, without going so far as to issue instructions to decision-makers, who remain in charge of their own policies.

Due to its scientific and intergovernmental nature, the IPCC has observer status in any international negotiations about the climate.

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