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Cooperation with relevant international organizations. Interim report to the sixteenth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice of the UNFCCC by the Global Climate Observing System.

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At its fifteenth session, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) endorsed the preparation by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) secretariat of a second report on the adequacy of the global climate observing systems. It noted the necessity for the report to address the needs of the Convention for climate-relevant observations, including those associated with the development of adaptation strategies (FCCC/SBSTA/2001/8 para. 41 (c)). The SBSTA noted the need to complete the adequacy report in the shortest possible time in order to provide a framework for further work to improve global monitoring systems. It invited the GCOS secretariat to prepare, in time for consideration by the SBSTA at its sixteenth session, an interim report on the synthesis and analysis of national reports from Parties provided in accordance with decision 5/CP.5. It encouraged the GCOS secretariat to complete the final adequacy report by the eighteenth session of the SBSTA in order to enable substantive consideration of the report to take place at the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP). The SBSTA also noted the completion of two regional workshops to identify priority capacity-building needs of developing countries in relation to their participation in systematic observation. It invited the GCOS secretariat to make the follow-up regional action plans available to the sixteenth session of the SBSTA with a view to recommending a draft decision on this matter for consideration by the COP at its eighth session. The GCOS secretariat submitted a report in response to the above requests. In accordance with the procedure for miscellaneous documents, this submission is attached and reproduced in the language in which it was received and without formal editing

Item 8 of the provisional agenda. This document is available in English only


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United Nations Office at Geneva | Geneva (Switzerland) | 21/05/2002