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)

Location Session Related
Katowice,
Poland
SBSTA 49
Bangkok,
Thailand
SBSTA 48-2
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 48
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 47
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 46
Marrakech,
Morocco
SBSTA 45
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 44
Paris,
France
SBSTA 43
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 42
Lima,
Peru
SBSTA 41
Document type
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.21
    Draft revised guidelines for the technical review of greenhouse gas inventories from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention: initial input to the discussions at the forty-first session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice. Note by the secretariat.
    meeting papers
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.9
    Report on the 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.
    meeting papers
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.10
    Draft revised guidelines for the technical review of greenhouse gas inventories from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention. Note by the secretariat.
    meeting papers
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2012/L.28
    Work programme on the revision of the guidelines for the review of biennial reports and national communications, including national inventory reviews, for developed country Parties. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chair.
    Draft conclusions
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.11
    Synthesis report on the submissions from Parties on the work programme and on the revision of the review guidelines for the review of biennial reports from developed country Parties and national communications, including national greenhouse gas inventories, from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention. Note by the secretariat.
    meeting papers
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.4
    Draft annotated revised UNFCCC Annex I reporting guidelines. Note by the secretariat.
    Guidelines
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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.
    Workshop reports
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2000/L.7/Add.3
    Methodological issues. Guidelines under articles 5, 7 and 8 of the Kyoto Protocol. Draft conclusions by the Chairman. Addendum. Guidelines for review under article 8 of the Kyoto Protocol. Part I: General approach to review.
    Draft conclusions
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  • FCCC/SB/1999/Misc.5/Add.1
    National communications from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention. Comments from Parties on methodological issues related to possible clarifications, additions and amendments to the inventory section of the revised guidelines for the preparation of national communications by Annex I Parties. Note by the secretariat. Addendum.
    party submissions
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  • FCCC/SB/1999/Misc.2
    National communications from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention. Clarifications, additions, and/or amendments to the revised guidelines for the preparation of national communications from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention, the scope of third national communications: and the scope and modalities of the review process for the third national communications including in-depth reviews, in the context of the Kyoto Protocol. Submissions from Parties. Note by the secretariat.
    party submissions
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Document type
  • 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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  • Submission by GEF-SGP
    Reports
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