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/2017/L.27
    Rules, modalities and procedures for the mechanism established by Article 6, paragraph 4, of the Paris Agreement. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chair.
    Draft conclusions
    Full record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2014/4
    Synthesis report on methods and tools for, and good practices and lessons learned relating to, adaptation planning processes addressing ecosystems, human settlements, water resources and health, and good practices and lessons learned related to processes and structures for linking national and local adaptation planning. Note by the secretariat.
    meeting papers
    Full record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2014/L.16
    Methodologies for reporting financial information by Parties included in Annex I to the Convention. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chair.
    Draft conclusions
    Full record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2013/L.12
    Methodological guidance for activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chair.
    Draft conclusions
    Full record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2013/L.12
    Methodological guidance for activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chair.
    Draft conclusions
    Full record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2009/L.19
    Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries: approaches to stimulate action. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chair.
    Draft conclusions
    Full record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2006/L.9
    Special report on safeguarding the ozone layer and the global climate system: Issues relating to hydrofluorocarbons and perfluorocarbons. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chair.
    Draft conclusions
    Full record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2004/L.21
    Activities implemented jointly under the pilot phase. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chair.
    Draft conclusions
    Full record
Document type
  • SBSTA/IPCC Special Event.2019.1.InformationNote
    Information on the special event of the SBSTA and the IPCC: Unpacking the new scientific knowledge and key findings in the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land
    Reports
    Full record
  • SBSTA/IPCC Special Event.2019.2.InformationNote
    Information on the SBSTA-IPCC special event: Unpacking the new scientific knowledge and key findings in the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate
    Reports
    Full record
  • 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
    Full record
  • Submission by UNU-EHS
    Reports
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  • Submission by FAO
    Reports
    Full record
  • Submission by Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)
    Reports
    Full record
  • Submission by Boticario Group Foundation
    Reports
    Full record
  • Submission by International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
    Reports
    Full record
  • Submission by Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
    Reports
    Full record
  • Submission by Global Development Network
    Reports
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