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/2019/4
    The 1st meeting of the Facilitative Working Group of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform. Report by the secretariat
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
  • SBSTA 51 bureau members historical chart
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • SBSTA 51 bureau with pictures
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2019/2
    Report of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice on its fiftieth session, held in Bonn from 17 to 27 June 2019
    Session and meeting reports
    Full library record
  • Building capacities to inform short-term choices toward deep decarbonization
    Presentations
    Full library record
  • The role of communities' perception in adaptation. An agency approach to understand adaptive capacities related to changes in water availability in El Aguacatemicro-watershed
    Presentations
    Full library record
  • Macroeconomic impact assessment of the Spanish national energy and climate draft plan
    Presentations
    Full library record
  • Research on Enhanced Action and Mitigation Pathways to Keep Paris Goals in Reach
    Presentations
    Full library record
  • Transforming coastal-marine governance in the face of climate change
    Presentations
    Full library record
  • SB50.IN_SBI.i14_SBSTA.i7_2
    Document 2: Proposal for streamlining activities
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
Document type
  • Oral report by Ms. Hana Hamadalla Mohamed, Chair of the LDC Expert Group, Opening of SBI 50
    Reports
    Full library record
  • SB 48 Gender breakfast - informal report
    Reports
    Full library record
  • SB48.AC.1
    Adaptation Committee workshop on accessing the Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme of the Green Climate Fund for adaptation. Report by the secretariat
    Reports
    Full library record
  • Sbi 4b oral report by the secretariat
    Reports
    Full library record
  • Sbi 8 leg chair oral report
    Reports
    Full library record
  • Sbi 16b secretariat oral report
    Reports
    Full library record