The United Nations Creates a Panel to Study Climate Change (Great Events from History II: Ecology and the Environment Series)
Article abstract: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) created an intergovernmental committee to study climate and change and the effects of such change on human beings and on the environment.
Summary of Event
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was conceived in 1987. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Executive Council, together with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Governing Council, established the IPCC at its 1988 meeting.
The IPCC’s responsibility is to report to the governing bodies on three specific tasks: the assessment of information related to the climate change issue, evaluation of environmental and socioeconomic impacts of climate change, and the formulation of response strategies for management of the greenhouse gases issue.
The WMO formed on March 23, 1950, after a meeting of the directors of the National Meteorological Services in Washington, D.C., in September and October, 1947. The first WMO congress met in March, 1951, in Paris, France. There, an executive council, technical commissions, and regional associations were formed, and officers were elected. Technical programs were established to satisfy purposes of the organization.
Programs of the WMO are separated into two overlapping time scales: long-term programs and medium-term plans. Long-term programs extend for ten-year periods and are revised every four years....
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