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
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
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.
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.
Further background information >>
Resources and Updates
SBSTA 44 Conclusions: FCCC/SBSTA/2016/2
Eighth meeting of the Research
Dialogue at SBSTA 44
Summary Report (2366 kB)
Resources for negotiators