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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) 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. The IPCC is a scientific body. 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. Thousands of scientists from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC on a voluntary basis.

IPCC is currently working on its Fifth Assessment Report due in 2014. Two Special Reports are due in 2011: "Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation" and "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation".

Scientists involved in DIVERSITAS are contributing to the work of Working Group II on "Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability" and Working Group III on "Mitigation of Climate Change".

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