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/TP/2019/1
    Elaboration of the sources of and modalities for accessing financial support for addressing loss and damage.Technical paper by the secretariat
    Technical papers
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2019/INF.2
    Cooperative activities with United Nations entities and other intergovernmental organizations that contribute to the work under the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. Note by the secretariat
    Pre-session documents
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2019/INF.1
    Progress in implementing activities under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. Report by the secretariat
    Progress reports
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2019/1
    Provisional agenda and annotations. Note by the Executive Secretary
    Agendas and annotations
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SB/2019/INF.1
    Modalities for implementation of the outcomes of the five in-session workshops on issues related to agriculture and other future topics that may arise from this work. Workshop report by the secretariat
    Workshop reports
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  • FCCC/SB/2018/3
    Report of the Adaptation Committee
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2018/INF.3
    Technical review of greenhouse gas inventories of Parties included in Annex I to the Convention. Report by the secretariat
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SB/2018/INF.4
    Work of the improved forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures. Synthesis report by the secretariat
    Synthesis reports
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2018/INF.5
    Technical review of information reported under the Convention by Annex I Parties in their biennial reports and national communications. Report by the secretariat
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SB/2018/2
    Joint annual report of the Technology Executive Committee and the Climate Technology Centre and Network for 2018
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
Document type
  • SBSTA/IPCC Special Event.2019.1.SummaryReport
    Summary report on the SBSTA–IPCC special event: Unpacking the new scientific knowledge and key findings in the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C
    Reports
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  • Submission by UNU-EHS
    Reports
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  • Submission by FAO
    Reports
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  • Submission by Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)
    Reports
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  • Submission by Boticario Group Foundation
    Reports
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  • Submission by International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
    Reports
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  • Submission by Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
    Reports
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  • Submission by Global Development Network
    Reports
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  • Submission by Action for Sustainable Development (ASD)
    Reports
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  • Submission by GIZ indicators
    Reports
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