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)

Document type
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.6
    Report on the workshop on the development of early warning systems and contingency plans in relation to extreme weather events and their effects such as desertification, drought, floods, landslides, storm surge, soil erosion, and saline water intrusion. Note by the secretariat
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.7
    Report on the workshop on the assessment of risk and vulnerability of agricultural systems to different climate change scenarios at regional, national and local levels, including but not limited to pests and diseases. Note by the secretariat
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.22
    Report on the second technical workshop on the draft revised guidelines for the technical review of greenhouse gas inventories from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention. Note by the secretariat.
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  • FCCC/SB/2011/INF.6/Corr.1
    Report on the joint workshop on matters relating to Article 2, paragraph 3, and Article 3, paragraph 14, of the Kyoto Protocol. Note by the secretariat. Corrigendum.
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2011/CRP.1
    Report on the joint SBSTA/SBI in-session workshop to consider the outcomes of the Nairobi work programme, to highlight the scientific, technical and socio-economic aspects of impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change most relevant to the SBI. Note by the Chairs of the subsidiary bodies.
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  • FCCC/SB/2011/INF.6
    Report on the joint workshop on matters relating to Article 2, paragraph 3, and Article 3, paragraph 14, of the Kyoto Protocol. Note by the secretariat.
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.14
    Report on the workshop on modalities and procedures for carbon dioxide capture and storage in geological formations as clean development mechanism project activities. Note by the secretariat.
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.10
    Report on the workshop on technology needs assessments. Note by the secretariat.
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.6
    Report on the workshop on the research dialogue. Note by the secretariat.
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.5
    Report on the workshop on issues relating to the revision of the UNFCCC Annex I reporting guidelines. Note by the secretariat.
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