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/2019/L.8
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C
    Draft negotiating texts
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SB/2011/1
    Synthesis of information and views on issues that could be addressed at the joint workshop on matters relating to Article 2, paragraph 3, and Article 3, paragraph 14, of the Kyoto Protocol. Note by the secretariat.
    Compilation and synthesis reports
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/1997/10
    Development and transfer of technologies. Progress report.
    meeting papers
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SB/1997/5
    National communications. Communications from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention. Tentative schedule of the in-depth review of the second national communications of Parties included in Annex I to the Convention. Note by the secretariat.
    meeting papers
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/1996/10; FCCC/SBSTA/1996/12
    Scientific assessments: Consideration of the second assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. IPCC second assessment synthesis of scientific-technical information relevant to interpreting article 2 of the UNFCCC and summaries for policymakers of Working Groups I, II and III of the IPCC. Note by the secretariat.
    meeting papers
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/1996/5; FCCC/SBSTA/1996/7/Rev.1
    Scientific Assessments. Consideration of the second assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Note by the secretariat. Revision.
    meeting papers
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/1996/5/Add.1; FCCC/SBSTA/1996/7/Add.1/Rev.1
    Scientific assessments. Consideration of the second assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Addendum. The science of climate change: Contribution of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Note by the secretariat. Revision.
    meeting papers
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/1996/5/Add.3; FCCC/SBSTA/1996/7/Add.3/Rev.1
    Scientific assessments. Consideration of the second assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Addendum. The economic and social dimensions of climate change: Contribution of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Note by the secretariat. Revision.
    meeting papers
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SB/1996/1
    National communications. National communications from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention. Part one: Elements of the second compilation and synthesis report. Note by the secretariat.
    Compilation and synthesis reports
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SB/1996/3
    National communications. Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention. Issues related to the preparation, compilation and consideration of communications. Note by the secretariat.
    meeting papers
    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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