The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. In the same year, the UN General Assembly endorsed the action by WMO and UNEP in jointly establishing the IPCC.
The Synthesis Report distils and integrates the findings of the three working group contributions to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report – the most comprehensive assessment of climate change yet undertaken, produced by hundreds of scientists – as well as the two Special Reports produced during this cycle.
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