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2017

SBSTA 46 (8-18 May 2017) and the Ninth meeting of the SBSTA Research Dialogue RD9 (10 May 2017), Bonn

SBSTA Conclusions: See SBSTA 46 report FCCC/SBSTA/2017/4, paragraphs 41-49, Agenda item 6(a): Research and systematic observation

The Ninth meeting of the SBSTA Research Dialogue (RD9) focussed on 1) Regional climate research data and information, and gaps; 2) Science to take stock and assess progress on mitigation. See:

Submissions were received in advance of the session on possible topics for consideration at the research dialogue, as requested at SBSTA 44 FCCC/SBSTA/2016/2, paragraph 35:

Statements for the SBSTA opening plenary

Further information

 

2016
SBSTA 44 (16-26 May 2016) and the Eighth meeting of the SBSTA Research Dialogue RD8 (19 May 2016), Bonn
 

SBSTA Conclusions: See SBSTA 44 Report FCCC/SBSTA/2016/2, paragraphs 29-36, Agenda item 6.(a) Research and systematic observation conclusions

The Eighth meeting of the SBSTA Research Dialogue (RD 8) focussed on 1) Scientific analysis of pathways for achievement of the “well below 2ºC” global  temperature  goal  and  limiting  the  temperature  increase  to  1.5ºC,  including  global  and regional transformation pathways and related impacts; and 2) Risks  and  impacts  of  slow-onset  events as  a  result  of  climate change, particularly including temperature and those that occur in the cryosphere (sea level rise and ocean acidification) and hydrological cycle (drought). See:

Submissions were received in advance of the session on 1) possible topics for consideration at the research dialogue, as requested at SBSTA 42 FCCC/SBSTA/2015/2, paragraph 34; and 2) themes of a possible workshop to be held in conjunction with SBSTA 46 FCCC/SBSTA/2015/2, paragraph 35:

The SBSTA Chair received, in advance of the session, a request from the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage:

Statements for the SBSTA opening plenary                        

Further information

2015

SBSTA 42 (1-11 June 2015) and the Seventh meeting of the SBSTA Research Dialogue RD7 (4 June 2015), Bonn 

SBSTA Conclusions: See SBSTA 42 report FCCC/SBSTA/2015/2, paragraphs 28-35  

The seventh meeting of the SBSTA Research dialogue (RD 7) foccussed on 1) Addressing data and information gaps including from AR5; and 2)Lessons  learned  and  good  practices  for  knowledge  and  research  capacity  building,  in  particular  in developing countries. See

Submissions were received in advance of the session on 1) possible topics on lessons learned and good practices for knowledge and research capacity-building, in particular in developing countries, considering information presented at past research dialogues and workshops, and the findings of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5); and 2) possible topics for consideration at the research dialogue, as mandated at SBSTA 40 (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/2, paragraphs 58 and 59):

Statements for the SBSTA opening plenary - available here:

  • IPCC
  • WMO
  • UN-Oceans

Documents provided for the session:

  • Progress made in regards to the availability and visibility of scientific information relevant to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.1)

 

Earlier
2014

SBI 41 (1-8 December 2014), Lima

At SBI 41 the compilation and synthesis report of the sixth, and latest, Annex I national communications was presented and included information on research and systematic observation (pdf-icon FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.20/Add.2).

 

SBSTA 40 (4-15 June 2014) and the Sixth meeting of the SBSTA Research Dialogue RD7 (7 June 2014), Bonn 

SBSTA conclusions: See SBSTA 40 report FCCC/SBSTA/2014/2 paragraphs 56 - 68  

The sixth meeting of the Research Dialogue (RD 6), SBSTA 40, was held on 7th June.

Documents provided for the session:

  • FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.1 - Report on the workshop on technical and scientific aspects of ecosystems with high-carbon reservoirs not covered by other agenda items under the Convention. Note by the secretariat.
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.5 - Summary information on enhanced availability and visibility of scientific information relevant to the Convention on the UNFCCC website. Note by the secretariat.

 

2013

UNFCCC Workshop on technical and scientific aspects of ecosystems with high-carbon reservoirs not covered by other agenda items under the Convention
24-25 October 2013, Bonn, Germany

 

SBSTA 38 (3-14 June 2013), Bonn

For conclusions see FCCC/SBSTA/2013/3 paragraphs 64-70

The following documents were provided:

  • Views on possible items for consideration as part of the research dialogue; and information on technical and scientific aspects of emissions and removals of all greenhouse gases from terrestrial ecosystems – Submissions from Parties (FCCC/SBSTA/2013/MISC.4);
  • Update on developments in research activities relevant to the needs of the Convention; and information on technical and scientific aspects of emissions and removals of all greenhouse gases from terrestrial ecosystems – Submissions from regional and international research programmes and organizations (FCCC/SBSTA/2013/MISC.5 and Add.1);
  • Views on the content of the workshop on technical and scientific aspects of ecosystems with high-carbon reservoirs not covered by other agenda items under the Convention – Submissions from Parties (FCCC/SBSTA/2013/MISC.6 and Add.1 and Add.2).

The fifth meeting of the research dialogue was held on the 4 Jun 2013

2012

SBSTA 37 (26 November - 1 December 2012, Doha, Qatar)

SBSTA 37 continued its consideration of reserach and systematic observation on the basis of the draft text from SBSTA 36.

For the full text of the SBSTA 37 conclusions on research and systematic observation, see FCCC/SBSTA/2012/5

SBSTA 36

The fourth meeting of the SBSTA research dialogue was held on the 19th May

The following contributions were provided:

  • Information on developments in research activities relevant to the needs of the Convention, including with respect to the long-term global goal referred to in decision 1/CP.16, para. 4, provided by regional and international research programmes and organizations (see FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.3);
  • Information on the technical and scientific aspects of emissions by sources, removals by sinks, and reservoirs of all greenhouse gases, including emissions and removals from coastal and marine ecosystems (such as mangroves, tidal salt marshes, wetlands and seagrass meadows), with a view to identifying and quantifying the impact of human activities, provided by Parties (see FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.2 and Add.1 and Add.2) and relevant research programmes and organizations active in climate change research, including marine research (see FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.3).

SBSTA 36 took note of the view of Parties and the progress made in developing draft conclusions under this agenda item, and agreed to continue consideration of research and systematic observation at SBSTA 37 on the basis of the draft text contained in Annex II of FCCC/SBSTA/2012/2.

2011

COP 17

Decision 16/CP.17 FCCC/CP/2011/9/Add.2, inter alia, urges Parties, in particular developing country Parties, and invites regional and international research programmes and organizations active in climate change research, to utilize the research dialogue as a forum for:

  • Discussing needs for climate change research and research-related capacity-building, particularly those of developing countries, to support the work of the Convention;
  • Conveying research findings and lessons learned from activities undertaken by regional and international research programmes and organizations of relevance to the Convention. 

 

SBSTA 35 (28 November - 3 December 2011, Durban, South Africa)

SBSTA considered matters related to research, as agreed at SBSTA 34, including views submitted by Parties on the research dialogue (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.8 and Add.1), including on ongoing activities, associated modalities and ways to enhance the dialogue.

The SBSTA agreed that the research dialogue should continue on a regular basis, with the next research dialogue to take place at SBSTA 36, and invited Parties to submit their views on specific themes to be addressed. SBSTA also referred to the progress made in the implementation of decision 9/CP.11 and successful activities undertaken in the context of the research dialogue, including the workshop organized in conjunction with SBSTA 34, and recalled its conclusions from SBSTA 34 relevant to possible further workshops.

SBSTA also concluded that information on technical and scientific aspects of emissions and removals of GHGs from coastal and marine ecosystems, such as mangroves, tidal salt marshes, wetlands and seagrass meadows would be considered as a theme for the next research dialogue, taking into account information on this matter submitted by Parties and  relevant research programmes and organizations active in climate change research, including marine research, and taking into account views on other specific themes to be submitted by Parties. The SBSTA also noted that there are other important ecosystems with high-carbon reservoirs, such as steppe, tundra and peatlands. SBSTA 36 may consider the need for a workshop to give in-depth consideration to the themes considered in the research dialogue.

For the full text of the SBSTA 35 conclusions on research and systematic observation, see FCCC/SBSTA/2011/5, paragraphs 34-49.

SBSTA 34

Prior to SBSTA 34, on 2-3 June 2011, the secretariat organized a workshop on research, with the objective to consider in-depth the issues addressed in the research dialogue, as requested by SBSTA 32. The workshop also responded to the need to further enhance interaction between the science and policy communities by strengthening the research dialogue between Parties and  research programmes and organizations. In addition, a regular SBSTA research dialogue meeting was organized during SBSTA 34. The workshop and dialogue meeting were organized around the following three major themes:

  • Understanding the science: Recent climate change research findings and uncertainty management;
  • Communicating climate change science; and
  • Building capacity for research in developing countries.

For the full text of the SBSTA 34 conclusions on research and systematic observation, see FCCC/SBSTA/2011/2, paragrapghs 42-56.

2010

SBSTA 33

At SBSTA 33, the secretariat organized a side event on climate change research to facilitate the provision of updated information on emerging scientific findings and research outcomes by the research programmes and organizations, in response to the invitation by SBSTA 32.  Research programmes and organizations also provided such information in written submissions, which are contained in document FCCC/SBSTA/2010/MISC.15.

SBSTA 32

Meetings under the SBSTA research dialogue in the context of pdf-icon decision 9/CP.11 have established continuity and are taking place at regular intervals during every second session of the SBSTA. 

The research dialogue held during SBSTA 32 (3 June 2010) was enhanced from previous dialogues by allowing more time for in-depth consideration by Parties of updates on emerging scientific findings and developments provided by regional and international research programmes and organizations, and with time devoted to presentations by Parties. 

In addition to the presentations delivered during the research dialogue meeting,  relevant information was also provided prior to the session.  Views of Parties on topics for discussion at SBSTA 32 research dialogue meeting are contained in document FCCC/SBSTA/2010/MISC.4, and updates on developments in research activities relevant to the needs of the Convention submitted by regional and international climate change research programmes and organizations are included in document FCCC/SBSTA/2010/MISC.6.  

SBSTA 32 recalled the valuable role that the research dialogue is playing in informing deliberations within the UNFCCC process, and agreed that the dialogue should be continued at SBSTA 34 and beyond. 

For the full text of the SBSTA 32 conclusions on research and systematic observation, see FCCC/SBSTA/2010/6, paragrapghs 42-54.

2009

SBSTA 30

The research dialogue held during SBSTA 30 (3 June 2009) constituted a major event under the research theme.  It allowed for further in-depth consideration of the following developments in research activities relevant to the needs of the Convention (see FCCC/SBSTA/2007/4, paragraphs 47 (a-f)).

Information on these matters was also provided prior to the session by relevant regional and international climate change research programmes and organizations (see FCCC/SBSTA/2009/MISC.5).

Following consideration of information provided and its deliberations during SBSTA 30, the SBSTA:

  • Affirmed the valuable role of the research dialogue in providing new scientific information and noted its importance for informing deliberations within the UNFCCC process;
  • Invited the research programmes and organizations to continue to provide information pertaining to their relevant activities (see FCCC/SBSTA/2007/4, paragraphs 47 (a-f));
  • Encouraged research programmes and organizations to:
    • continue to enhance the understanding of climate change, and to address key uncertainties identified in the IPCC AR4;
    • enhance efforts towards greater integration of climate-related research across all disciplines;
    • enhance their activities relating to developing countries;  
  • Encouraged Parties and research programmes and organizations to enhance their existing efforts to build capacity for research in developing countries, in particular those aimed at supporting adaptation efforts (e.g. under the Nairobi work programme);

Noted the importance of research and systematic observation in underpinning the Convention and invited the AWG-LCA to note a need to strengthen such research and systematic observation, especially in developing countries and relevant to adaptation.

2008

SBSTA 28

In response to the invitation by SBSTA 26 to regularly provide information (see FCCC/SBSTA/2007/4, para. 47(a-f)), the ESSP - on behalf of its member programmes - the IAI and the APN provided summary information on a number of issues related to developments in research activities relevant to the needs of the Convention as identified during SBSTA 26 (see FCCC/SBSTA/2008/MISC.8 and Add.1).  Furthermore, the secretariat invited relevant research programmes and organizations and the IPCC to an informal discussion with Parties on developments in research activities relevant to the needs of the Convention, during which representatives from the research programmes and organizations and the IPCC outlined information on their activities in response to the issues identified by SBSTA 26, including on emerging scientific findings. For more information see ‘Research dialogue’.

The SBSTA emphasized the usefulness of continuing and further enhancing the research dialogue between Parties and regional and international climate change research programmes and organizations that is taking place in the context of pdf-icon decision 9/CP.11 on research needs relating to the Convention,  including though broadening the participation of relevant regional research organizations. 

It requested the secretariat to prepare, prior to SBSTA 30, a list of international and regional programmes and organizations active in areas of research relevant to climate change.   

The SBSTA further agreed to allow further in-depth consideration of the activities identified by SBSTA 26 (FCCC/SBSTA/2007/4, para. 47(a-f)) during future dialogue meetings under the SBSTA and invited the research programmes and organizations to continue to provide information pertaining to these activities at the thirtieth and subsequent sessions of the SBSTA. 

2006

SBSTA 24 

At SBSTA 24 (Bonn, May 2006), Parties considered a synthesis report of the research needs and priorities relating to the Convention (see FCCC/SBSTA/2006/INF.2), which included information on research needs and priorities identified in various documents including submissions by Parties received prior to SBSTA 24 (see FCCC/SBSTA/2006/MISC.3 and Add.1). 

Also at SBSTA 24, the secretariat organized a special side event on research needs relating to the Convention with the aim of enhancing communication between climate change research programmes and the SBSTA.  This side event benefited from the participation of regional and international climate change research programmes and organizations who informed participants on their current activities to address the research needs of the Convention, including on-going efforts to enhance the capacity and participation of developing countries in climate change research.  In addition, representatives from a number of Parties provided information on their research activities and needs from a national perspective.  In response to the special side event, the participating research programmes and organizations provided brief summary reports on the information provided during the event, including identification of any gaps in their research programmes with regard to the needs of the Convention (see FCCC/SBSTA/2006/MISC.15). 

The SBSTA also identified a need for enhancing two-way communication and cooperation between the Parties and regional and international climate change research programmes, and agreed to explore how it might facilitate a more effective dialogue between Parties and these programmes.  To this end, Parties and relevant research programmes and organizations provided their views (see FCCC/SBSTA/2007/MISC.7 and FCCC/SBSTA/2007/MISC.8) for consideration at SBSTA 26 (May 2007).  To further facilitate the development of the dialogue, the SBSTA asked the secretariat to organize a meeting for an informal discussion among Parties with the participation of regional and international climate change research programmes and the IPCC. 

As mandated, the secretariat organized during SBSTA 26 an informal discussion on a more effective dialogue between Parties and regional and international climate change research programmes and organizations in the context of pdf-icon decision 9/CP11.  The meeting provided a platform for Parties and representatives of research programmes and organizations and the IPCC to exchange views on how the SBSTA might facilitate a more effective dialogue between Parties and the research community. 

The SBSTA also agreed to establish and maintain the dialogue on research needs under the Convention between Parties and climate change research programmes and organizations, and invited relevant programmes and organizations to regularly inform the SBSTA of developments in research activities relevant to the needs of the Convention, (see FCCC/SBSTA/2007/4, para. 47 (a-f)) including :

  1. Emerging scientific findings;
  2. Research planning activities, including those undertaken in response to key uncertainties and research needs identified by the IPCC or raised by Parties;
  3. Research priorities, and gaps in the implementation of these priorities;
  4. Research capacity-building activities, particularly in developing countries;
  5. Regional climate change research networks;
  6. Relevant communication issues.

To this end, it requested the secretariat to invite relevant research programmes and organizations to consider the above issues in an informal discussion at SBSTA 28.

2005

COP 11

COP 11 (Montreal, November/December 2005), by its pdf-icon decision 9/CP.11, recognized the importance of scientific research in meeting the needs of the Convention and requested Parties to identify research needs and priorities to support the implementation of the Convention.  It also requested the SBSTA to regularly consider research needs relating to the Convention in order to inform Parties about ongoing and planned activities of regional and international climate change research programmes, and to communicate Parties’ views on research needs and priorities to the scientific community, as necessary.  To this end, the COP invited the research programmes and organizations to consider research needs, as viewed by Parties and communicated through the SBSTA, and to inform the SBSTA on how these programmes and organizations are addressing those research needs. 

SBSTA 22

At SBSTA 22 (Bonn, May 2005), Parties welcomed efforts of the national, regional and international global change research programmes to further promote and coordinate research in response to the needs of the Convention and invited them to provide periodic updates on their scientific activities.  It asked Parties to submit information on identified research needs and priorities relating to the Convention and requested the secretariat to organize a special side event during SBSTA 24 with the aim of enhancing communication between climate change research programmes and organizations and the SBSTA.

Since 2002,  the SBSTA has regularly considered priority areas of research and questions for the scientific community relevant to the Convention (views of Parties as well as a synthesis on this issue are contained in FCCC/SBSTA/2002/MISC.15 and Add.1, and FCCC/SBSTA/2002/INF.17).  During SBSTA 17 (New Delhi, October/November 2002), research priorities for the scientific community were discussed during a special side event on 28 October 2002, which benefited from the participation of representatives from international programmes and organizations (World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), International Geosphere–Biosphere Programme (IGBP), International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), the IPCC, International Group of Funding Agencies for global change research (IGFA), International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP)).

At a second special side event at SBSTA 20 ( Bonn, June 2004), Parties and representatives of international research programmes exchanged views on research conducted in response to the recommendations of the Third Assessment Report of the IPCC.  Parties were invited to submit their views on how the main issues arising from that side event could be adequately addressed (see FCCC/SBSTA/2004/MISC.14 and FCCC/SBSTA/2005/MISC.5, and FCCC/SBSTA/2005/3 containing a synthesis of those views). 


 
 



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