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 Scientific research is required to understand climate change - the historical background, current status, impacts and future predictions, the effects of human activities and the actions required at global, regional and local levels for mitigation and adaptation

Poster session during SB 46 - May 2017

The Convention calls on Parties to promote and cooperate in research, systematic observation and the development of data archives, including through exchange of information; to support programmes, networks and organizations; and improve the capacities of developing countries (Articles 4.1(g,h) and 5).

Parties report on their national and cooperative research activities and their contributions to climate science, as well as emerging research needs and priorities, in their national communications.

The Paris Agreement identifies the need for an effective and progressive response to the urgent threat of climate change on the basis of the best available scientific knowledge. 

Implementation of research under the Convention and Paris Agreement is supported through cooperation with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), which coordinates the coupled model intercomparison project (CMIP), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other programmes, networks and organizations. The secretariat facilitates dialogue and communication on the research needs and priorities expressed by Parties to the scientific community and on the most recent and relevant information from the scientific community to Parties, including through the research dialogue.                        

The IPCC has a well established role in the Convention process in communicating scientific research information to the Convention through its assessment reports, special reports and technical papers.

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Resources and Updates

SBSTA 48 (2018)

  • Resources for negotiators (see below)
  • Submissions are invited by Parties, by 2 February 2018, on their views on possible topics and considerations for the tenth meeting of the research dialogue to be held in conjunction with SBSTA 48, 30 Apr -10 May 2018, and beyond. FCCC/SBSTA/2017/4 para. 49

SBSTA 46 (2017)

  • SBSTA Conclusions FCCC/SBSTA/2017/4, paragraphs 41-49
    on Agenda item 6(a)): Research and systematic observation are available from the session report:
  • The Ninth meeting of the research dialogue (RD9), 10 May 2017 on
    1) Regional climate research data and information, and gaps, and 
    2) Science to take stock and assess progress on mitigation
    see pdf-icon RD9 Summary Report (1655 kB)  *new*


Links to websites and resources of partners and other relevant organizations
Calendar of climate change science-related events from external organizations

Resources for negotiators SBSTA 48

Research will be addressed at SBSTA 48, 30 Apr -10 May 2018, when the next meeting of the research dialogue, RD10 will also be held.

Systematic observation will be addressed at the next SBSTA session, SBSTA 47

See Chronology  for information on all previous SBSTA  sessions




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