Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change

What is the IPCC?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change.

The IPCC is an intergovernmental body and focuses on the science-policy interface, i.e. handing over scientific information so that it can underpin government decisions on how to address climate change.

It is open to all member countries of the United Nations (UN) and WMO.

Reports are written by scientists drawn from around the world based on their expertise and geographical balance. 

Governments participate in the review process and the plenary Sessions, where main decisions about the IPCC work programme are taken and reports are accepted, adopted and approved.

The IPCC provides guidelines and best practice advice on preparing greenhouse gas emissions inventories through its Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.

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What is the IPCC  Bureau?

The IPCC Bureau consists of the IPCC Chair, three IPCC Vice Chairs, Co-Chairs of the three Working Groups and the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories and 6-8 members of each of the three Working Group Bureaus. The Bureau is chaired by the IPCC Chair (recently elected Dr Hoesung Lee from the Republic of Korea). The Bureau’s work is supported by the IPCC Secretariat based in Geneva.

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IPCC AR5 WGII Report: 31/03/14

On March 31 2014 was the release of the IPCC WGII report on assessing and managing the risks of climate change.

The report characterises observed impacts, vulnerability, and exposure, and adaptive responses to date; examines future risks and potential benefits and considers principles for effective adaptation and the broader interactions among adaptation, mitigation, and sustainable development. 

NZAGRC Deputy Director (International), Dr Andy Reisinger is a Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) for Chapter 25: Australasia, which provides scientific analysis of the expected regional impacts including risks and adaptation solutions for the agricultural industry. 

For more information the IPCC AR5 WGII report visit

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