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Consideration of matters related to research takes place regularly under the SBSTA agenda item on research and systematic observation. Annual research dialogues are organized to inform Parties about on-going and planned activities of regional and international research programmes and organizations active in climate change research, and to communicate Parties' views on research needs and priorities to the scientific community, in particular to relevant research programmes and organizations and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Worldwide systematic observation of the climate system is a key prerequisite for advancing scientific knowledge on climate change. The Convention calls on Parties to promote and cooperate in systematic observation of the climate system, including through support to existing international programmes and networks. A key dimension for implementation of Systematic observation is the cooperation with the Global Climate Observing System of the World Meteorological Organization and other relevant organizations and programmes
At COP16 in Cancun, the COP agreed on a long-term global goal to reduce GHG emissions so as to hold the increase in global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The COP also decided to periodically review the adequacy of this long-term global goal in the light of the ultimate objective of the Convention and overall progress toward achieving the long-term global goal, including a consideration of the implementation of the commitments under the Convention. The 2013-2015 review will also consider strengthening the long-term global goal, including in relation to temperature rises of 1.5°C.

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