1988 WMO and UNEP establish the IPCC
The UN general assembly takes up climate change for the first time
1990 IPCC’s first assessment report
Second World Climate Conference
UN general assembly and convention
Feb 1991 INCC meets for first time
9 May 1992 UN framework convention on climate change adopted in New York
4 June 1992 Convention opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
21 March 1994 Convention enters into force, after receiving 50 ratifications
7 April 1995 COP1 launches a new round of negotiations on a ‘protocol or another legal instrument’
11-15 Dec 1995 IPCC approves second assessment report on science of climate change - underlines strong action needed
19 July 1996 COP2 takes note of the Geneva Ministerial Declaration, which acts as further impetus to on-going negotiations
11 Dec 1997 COP3 adopts the Kyoto Protocol to the UN framework convention on climate change in Kyoto, Japan
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established in 1988 by the United nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). Its role is to assess a range of information relevant for the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change.
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) is one of a series of international agreements and treaties on global environmental issues that were adopted at the 1992 Earth Summit at Rio. It provides the overall policy framework for addressing the climate change issue and so forms the foundation of global efforts to combat global warming.
At the start in 1992 it was clear that at that time it wasn't possible to straight away come up with a blueprint for tackling climate change, but at least by establishing the framework they got things started.