Worldwide systematic observation of the climate system is a key prerequisite for advancing scientific
knowledge on climate change and advising informed policy making.
The Convention calls on Parties to promote and cooperate in systematic observation of the
climate system, including through support to existing international programmes and networks (Articles 4.1(g) and 5). Implementation is supported through
cooperation with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and other agencies. Further background information >>
Parties provide detailed technical reports on systematic observation via their National Communications and in line with the revised UNFCCC reporting
guidelines on global climate change observing systems (decision 11/CP.13).
Systematic Observation at the forty-third session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological
Advice - Information Note by the Chair of the SBSTA (508 kB) *new*
IPCC Side event at COP 21: nday, 30 November, 18:30-20:00