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/SB/2019/L.3
    Terms of reference for the 2019 review of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts
    Draft conclusions
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SB/2015/L.5/Rev.1
    Report of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts. Revised draft conclusions proposed by the Chairs. Recommendation of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation.
    Draft conclusions
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2015/L.21
    Annual report on the technical review of greenhouse gas inventories from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chair.
    meeting papers
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2015/L.21/Add.1
    Annual report on the technical review of greenhouse gas inventories from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chair. Addendum. Recommendation of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice.
    meeting papers
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  • FCCC/SB/2014/L.8
    Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chairs.
    Draft conclusions
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SB/2014/4
    Report of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts.
    meeting papers
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2013/L.31
    Implications of the implementation of decisions 2/CMP.7 to 4/CMP.7 and 1/CMP.8 on the previous decisions on methodological issues related to the Kyoto Protocol, including those relating to Articles 5, 7 and 8 of the Kyoto Protocol. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chair.
    Draft conclusions
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2003/10/Add.2
    Report of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice on its eighteenth session, held at Bonn, from 4 to 13 June 2003. Addendum. Draft decisions on methodological issues relating to Articles 5, 7 and 8 of the Kyoto Protocol forwarded for adoption by the Conference of the Parties and the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (Agenda item 4 (b)).
    Session and meeting reports
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2000/10/Add.1 (Part I)
    Report of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice on the work of its thirteenth session (Part one). Lyon, 11-15 September 2000. Note by the Chairman.
    Session and meeting reports
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2000/L.7/Add.1
    Methodological issues. Guidelines under articles 5, 7 and 8 of the Kyoto Protocol. Draft conclusions by the Chairman. Addendum. Possible elements for a decision or decisions related to articles 5, 7 and 8.
    Draft conclusions
    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
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  • Submission by FAO
    Reports
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  • Submission by Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)
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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)
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  • Submission by Global Development Network
    Reports
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  • Submission by Action for Sustainable Development (ASD)
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  • Submission by GIZ indicators
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