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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established by WMO and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. It does not carry out new research nor does it monitor climate related data. Instead, it bases its assessment mainly on published and peer reviewed scientific technical literature.
Mandated by 75 countries worldwide, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) aims to promote the transition to and sustainable use of renewable energy. Its website provides information — in English, French, German and Spanish — on the potential, best practices, technology available and funding for renewable energies.
It includes a presentation making the case for IRENA, a discussion paper on its role in the context of other organisations and initiatives, an overview of its founding, preparatory conferences and a roadmap.
The international treaty signed at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in June 1992. The UNFCCC commits signatory countries to stabilise anthropogenic (i.e. human-induced) greenhouse gas emissions to levels that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. The UNFCCC also requires that all signatory parties develop and update national inventories of anthropogenic emissions of all greenhouse gases not otherwise controlled by the Montreal Protocol.
The World Bank's Climate Change Team provides resources and expertise for the World Bank's participation in international climate change negotiations, and provides technical advice to the World Bank's Global Environment Facility (GEF) programmke on the preparation of GEF climate change mitigation projects and on development of strategic initiatives with the GEF. The Team also is leading the Bank's efforts related to climate change vulnerability and adaptation issues for its client countries, and coordinates these efforts with the Bank's Disaster Management Facility.