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
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 10
Buenos Aires,
Argentina
SBSTA 9
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 8
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 7
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 6
Bonn,
Germany
SBSTA 5
Document type
  • APA-SBSTA-SBI.2018.1.Informal
    Joint reflections note by the Presiding Officers of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation
    Informal notes
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2018/5
    Agenda and annotations
    Agendas and annotations
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  • FCCC/SBSTA/2018/4
    Report of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice on the first part of its forty-eighth session, held in Bonn from 30 April to 10 May 2018
    Session and meeting reports
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  • Submission by Boticario Group Foundation
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  • Submission by International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
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  • Submission by Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
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  • Submission by UNU-EHS
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  • Submission by FAO
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  • Submission by Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)
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  • Submission by Boticario Group Foundation
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  • Submission by International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
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  • Submission by Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
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  • Submission by Global Development Network
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