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Climate Change : Organisations Involved



The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change was established by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organisation 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.

It is the leading scientific international body for the assessment of climate change. It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change. It does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters.

It continues to be the main body of the United Nations advising on climate change.

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The United Nations Environment Programme 

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment.

UNEP work encompasses:

  • Assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends
  • Developing international and national environmental instruments
  • Strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment

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World Meteorological Organisation

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) originated from the International Meteorological Organization, which was founded in 1873. Established in 1950, the WMO became the specialized agency of the United Nations in 1951 for meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences.

The World Meteorological Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is the UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.

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UK Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department of Energy and Climate Change provides the UK Government's prime department for the UK to address issues related to climate change. 

It works to make sure the UK has secure, clean, affordable energy supplies and promote international action to mitigate climate change.

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Climate and Health Council

The Climate and Health Council is an international organisation consisting of doctors, nurses and other health professionals who recognise the urgent need to address climate change to protect health. It works towards a world where the impacts of climate change on health are understood and tackled in a way that improves the public's well-being.

It seeks to

  • articulate and amplify the message of the need to address environmental and climate issues to protect health
  • empower and connect health professionals to take action to reduce emissions at home and at work
  • consolidate the international health voice calling for effective governmental and inter-governmental action to protect health from environmental degradation and climate change

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Climate and Development Knowledge Network

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network is an alliance of organisations to support decision makers in designing and delivering climate compatible development.

It combines research, advisory services and knowledge-sharing in support of locally owned and managed policy processes. It works in partnership with decision-makers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors nationally, regionally and globally. It

  • respond to requests for support from developing countries
  • offer an integrated range of services including research, advisory services, capacity-building and knowledge management support
  • build institutional capacity in developing countries and increase their ability to participate in and influence international climate talks
  • bring people together to work in partnership
  • maintain our commitment to sharing knowledge.

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