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"Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal"
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Human influence on the climate system is clear. This is evident from the increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, positive radiative forcing, observed warming and understanding of the climate system.

The Earth system is complex and long-term policy direction can only be based on long-term observations and comprehensive assessments of the best available science.

The Convention calls on Parties to promote and cooperate in research and systematic observation of the climate system, including through exchange of information and supporting international programmes, networks and organizations. Parties are also called upon to cooperate in improving the capacities of developing countries so that they can participate in research and systematic observation activities (Articles 4.1(g,h) and 5). Further background information >>

Parties regularly report on their national and cooperative research activities and their contributions to climate science, as well as emerging research needs and priorities through their National Communications.


pdf-icon Summary Report (2366 kB) of the Eighth meeting of the SBSTA Research Dialogue

SBSTA Agenda item 6.(a) Research and systematic observation.
Conclusions: FCCC/SBSTA/2016/2


Resources on climate change research and systematic observation related information from external organizations, including IPCC and other relevant programmes.
Calendar of upcoming worldwide climate change science and research related events from external organizations, including on issues of systematic observation.

SBSTA 44 (16-26 May 2016) and the Eighth meeting of the SBSTA Research Dialogue RD 8 (19 May 2016)

Submissions and requests received

SBSTA 42 requested views by Parties on possible topics for consideration at the research dialogue (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/2 paragraph 34) to be submitted to the secretariat by 9 March 2016. 

SBSTA 42 further requested views by Parties on the themes of a possible workshop to be held in conjunction with SBSTA 46 (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/2 paragraph 35) to be submitted to the secretariat by 9 March 2016. The theme of the workshop will be considered at SBSTA 44.

Submissions received:

Submissions are also available via the submissions portal.

Requests received:

  • pdf-icon Letter to the Chair of the SBSTA (194 kB) from the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage requesting the consideration of slow onset events as a possible topic for the research dialogue to be held at SBSTA 44 or for future research dialogues. More >>


Eighth meeting of the SBSTA Research Dialogue (RD 8)

Relevant information for RD 8:

Relevant information from RD 7:


Statements given at SBSTA 44 Opening Plenary:

 Statements are also available via the submissions portal.


All previous decisions and conclusions on this agenda item

  • pdf-icon Information paper (462 kB) providing the text of all COP decisions and COP and SBSTA conclusions on research under the research and systematic observation agenda item                                


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