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Report on progress in the development of methodologies, standards and protocols for climate-related terrestrial observations and related matters. Submission from the Global Terrestrial Observing System.

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The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), at its thirtythird session, welcomed the report by the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS) on the framework for climate-related terrestrial observations, and the work plan on the development of standards and protocols for the terrestrial essential climate variables (ECVs) assessed. It encouraged the GTOS to continue coordinating the development of methodologies for climate-related terrestrial observations and to continue working with its sponsors and the International Organization for Standardization, and in broad consultation with relevant partners, towards implementation of that work plan, including through mobilization of the necessary resources. It also encouraged Parties, in close cooperation with the GTOS, to support and facilitate the development of terrestrial standards and to improve their terrestrial networks. Furthermore, it noted the increased usefulness of the terrestrial ECVs beyond observations of climate change, such as for biodiversity and desertification, and it encouraged the GTOS to increase synergy with ongoing relevant initiatives. Also at its thirty-third session, the SBSTA invited the GTOS to report to the SBSTA, at its thirty-fifth session, on progress made on the matters referred to in paragraph 1 above. At SBSTA 35, the secretariat of the GTOS provided a summary of progress (FCCC/SBSTA/2011.MISC.14), indicating that the report it had been invited to prepare by the SBSTA at its thirty-third session for the thirty-fifth session of the SBSTA, would be submitted to the SBSTA at its thirty-sixth session. The SBSTA agreed to consider this information at its thirty-sixth session in conjunction with any updates received from the GTOS on this matter. At SBSTA 36, however, the report by the GTOS was not available. In response to the invitation referred to in paragraph 2 above, the secretariat of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has submitted a report on progress on 19 October 2012 on behalf of the GTOS. 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 7 of the provisional agenda
Research and systematic observation
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United Nations Office at Geneva | Geneva (Switzerland) | 31/10/2012