In order to inform environmental and development policy-making processes, UNEP keeps under review the state of the world environment.
Vital Climate Graphics are based on the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was established by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization. The IPCC's 1995 Second Assessment Report is widely respected as the most authoritative source of climate change information available. More recently, the IPCC has also published a number of Special Reports on specific topics. Vital Climate Graphics will be updated after the forthcoming Third Assessment Report, scheduled for publication in 2001, becomes available. In this way, they will continue to be an effective tool for decision-making for years to come.