The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information concerning climate change. The IPCC also reviews the potential effects of climate change and options for mitigation and adaptation.
The Fifth Assessment Report has just been released. It provides a clear view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change. It comprises reports from three Working Groups and one overall Synthesis Report.
“The Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report considers the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the potential for and limits to adaptation. The chapters of the report assess risks and opportunities for societies, economies, and ecosystems around the world”. This report was released on 31 March in Yokohama, Japan.
The UN Secretary-General (SG), Mr. Ban Ki-Moon welcomed the findings of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.
According to the SG: “The Secretary-General urges all countries to act swiftly and boldly at every level, to bring ambitious announcements and actions to the Climate Summit on 23 September 2014 and to make every effort needed to reach a global legal climate agreement by 2015.”