The IPCC Discussions to do with climate change frequently quote reports from the IPCC — the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC is a United Nations body that was formed in the year 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization WMO and United Nations Environment Programme. Its role is to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments on the current state of knowledge about climate change. The IPCC does not conduct its own research; instead, it compiles information from thousands of peer-reviewed published scientific papers. Teams of unpaid volunteers compile its reports. The quality and conservatism of the IPCC’s work makes it the most authoritative source of information to do with climate change.