Sixteen years ago UNEP and WMO established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to provide independent scientific advice on the complex and important issue of climate change. The Panel was asked to prepare, based on available scientific information, a report on all aspects relevant to climate change and its impacts and to formulate realistic response strategies. The first assessment report of the IPCC served as the basis for negotiating the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). At the occasion of the 10-year anniversary of the Climate Convention it is therefore appropriate to describe the history of the IPCC and its role for the evolution of the UNFCCC.
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