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IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

An objective source of information on global climate change, the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is made available to political decision-makers and other interested parties.

The IPCC was founded in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United National Environment Programme (UNEP). Intergovernmental in nature, and with a secretariat based at the WMO headquarters in Geneva, the IPCC offers its services to all of the member states of these two founding UN organisations as well as to scientists all over the world.

Central source of information on global climate change

The role of the IPCC is not to undertake research itself, but to pull together current scientific literature on the subject of climate change and evaluate it holistically, objectively, unambiguously and with transparency. One of the ways in which the Panel fulfils its main role is by publishing an Assessment Report once every five to six years. The IPCC's global climate reports contain fundamental information for anyone dealing with climate change issues, whether in research, management, industry, the service sector or politics. The five reports published to date (1990, 1995, 2001, 2007 and 2013) have attracted considerable worldwide attention, and have contributed significantly to the formation of the UN Climate Convention and the Kyoto Protocol. On August 9th, 2021, the first part of the sixth IPCC report on the physical science basis of climate change will be published. Two further partial reports on the impacts, adaption and vulnerability of climate change and on the mitigation of climate change will follow by 2022.

MeteoSwiss is involved in compiling the climate report

The IPCC Assessment Reports are compiled in Working Groups, and have to be approved by the Plenary Session, which takes place once a year. The researchers involved in producing the reports are given the opportunity to contribute comments, critique and suggestions for three successive versions. MeteoSwiss is also playing its part in producing the report. The role of MeteoSwiss is to provide scientific support to the Swiss delegation, which is led by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). Besides writing scientific contributions, MeteoSwiss thereby fulfills an important task in editing the IPCC summary for policymakers.