Bodies
Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA)

The SBSTA is one of two permanent subsidiary bodies to the Convention established by the COP/CMP. It supports the work of the COP, the CMP and the CMA through the provision of timely information and advice on scientific and technological matters as they relate to the Convention, its Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

Key areas of work for the SBSTA include the impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate changepromoting the development and transfer of environmentally-sound technologies and conducting technical work to improve the guidelines for preparing and reviewing greenhouse gas emission inventories from Annex I Parties. The SBSTA carries out methodological work under the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, and promotes collaboration in the field of research and systematic observation of the climate system.

In addition, the SBSTA plays an important role as the link between the scientific information provided by expert sources such as the IPCC on the one hand, and the policy-oriented needs of the COP on the other hand. It works closely with the IPCC, sometimes requesting specific information or reports from it, and also collaborates with other relevant international organizations that share the common objective of sustainable development.

The SBSTA and SBI work together on cross-cutting issues that touch on both their areas of expertise. These include the vulnerability of developing countries to climate change and response measures, discussions under the Technology Mechanism, the Adaptation Committee and the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts.

The SBSTA and the SBI have traditionally met in parallel, twice a year. When they are not meeting in conjunction with the COP, the subsidiary bodies usually convene at the seat of the secretariat in Bonn, Germany.

Secretariat contact for SBSTA coordination:
Ms. Wanna Tanunchaiwatana - SBSTA Coordinator (wtanunchaiwatana@unfccc.int)
Ms. Hanna Hoffmann - SBSTA Focal Point (hhoffmann@unfccc.int)

Location Session Related
Bangkok,
Thailand
SBSTA 48-2
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 48
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 47
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 46
Marrakech,
Morocco
SBSTA 45
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 44
Paris,
France
SBSTA 43
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 42
Lima,
Peru
SBSTA 41
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 40
Document type
  • SBSTA48.IN.i5_v08May
    Updated draft of technology framework, version 8 May
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • SBSTA48.IN.i13.v2
    Informal note by the co-chairs
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • SBSTA48.Informal.7.v2ed
    Revised informal note containing draft elements of the draft decision on the work programme under the framework for non-market approaches referred to in Article 6, paragraph 8, of the Paris Agreement
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • SBSTA48.Informal.6.v2ed
    Revised informal note containing draft elements of the rules, modalities and procedures for the mechanism established by Article 6, paragraph 4, of the Paris Agreement
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • APA-SBSTA-SBI.2018.1.Informal
    Joint reflections note by the Presiding Officers of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation
    Informal notes
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2018/5
    Agenda and annotations
    Agendas and annotations
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2018/4
    Report of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice on the first part of its forty-eighth session, held in Bonn from 30 April to 10 May 2018
    Session and meeting reports
    Full library record
  • Submission by UNU-EHS
    Reports
    Full library record
  • Submission by FAO
    Reports
    Full library record
  • Submission by Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)
    Reports
    Full library record
Document type
  • Annual technical progress report of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building for 2017
    Reports
    Full library record
  • SCF 17 - list of participants
    Reports
    Full library record