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"Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal"
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Human influence on the climate system is clear. This is evident from the increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, positive radiative forcing, observed warming, and understanding of the climate system

The Earth system is complex and long-term policy direction can only be based on long-term observations and comprehensive assessments of the best available science.

The Convention calls on Parties to promote and cooperate in research and systematic observation of the climate system, including through exchange of information and supporting international programmes, networks and organizations. Parties are also called upon to cooperate in improving the capacities of developing countries so that they can participate in research and systematic observation activities (Articles 4.1(g,h) and 5). Further background information >>

Parties regularly report on their national and cooperative research activities and their contributions to climate science, as well as emerging research needs and priorities through their National Communications.

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SBSTA seventh meeting of the Research Dialogue (RD 7) pdf-icon Summary Report (1225 kB) *new*



Resources on climate change research and systematic observation related information from external organizations, including IPCC and other relevant programmes
Calendar of upcoming worldwide climate change science and research related events from external organizations, including on issues of systematic observation

Outlook to SBSTA 44

Research Dialogue

The eighth meeting of the SBSTA Research Dialogue (RD 8) will be held during SBSTA 44

Topics to be considered in the research dialogue include:

Research workshop

SBSTA 44 will consider views by Parties on the themes of a possible workshop to be held in conjunction with SBSTA 46 (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/2 paragraph 35) to be submitted to the secretariat by 9 March 2016. 



SBSTA 43 will consider matters related to systematic observation.


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