1. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 10 March 2010 that the InterAcademy Council is requested by the United Nations to undertake an independent review of the processes and procedures of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IAC Co-Chairs have subsequently received official letters, with a Terms of Reference, from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IPCC Chair Pachauri requesting IAC to review the IPCC.
1.1 The InterAcademy Council is requested to conduct an independent review of the IPCC processes and the procedures by which it prepares its assessments of climate change. IAC is asked to establish a Committee of experts from relevant fields to conduct the review and to present recommendations on possible revisions of IPCC processes and procedures. In particular the IAC Committee of experts is asked to recommend measures and actions to strengthen the IPCC’s processes and procedures so as to be better able to respond to future challenges and ensure the ongoing quality of its reports
1.2 Under terms of agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a substantive progress report from IAC is requested by 30 August 2010 in order for IAC recommendations to be available for the October 2010 meeting of IPCC to launch the 5th IPCC Assessment process. A final published report is requested by 30 October 2010.