Implementation of research under the Convention and Paris Agreement is supported through cooperation with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), which coordinates the coupled model intercomparison project (CMIP) and the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX), the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium (IAMC), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) and other partners and relevant organizations active in climate change-related research. Parties regularly report on their national and cooperative research activities and their contributions to climate science, as well as emerging research needs and priorities, in their national communications.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has a well-established role in the Convention process in assessing scientific information and communicating this information to the Convention through its regular assessment reports and its wide range of special reports and technical papers. Although the IPCC does not carry out its own research, it plays a key role in assessing the information from worldwide climate research in peer-reviewed literature, journals, books and other sources. It also has an important function in identifying priority needs for further research activities.
The secretariat facilitates dialogue and communication on the research needs and priorities expressed by Parties to the scientific community and on the most recent and relevant information from the scientific community to Parties, through annual meetings of the research dialogue.
The foundation for the research dialogue was given in decision 9/CP.11 (FCCC/CP/2005/5/Add.1) on research needs relating to the Convention, which stipulated an enhanced communication between Parties and the scientific community, and requested the SBSTA to regularly consider research needs and systematic observation relating the Convention. The objective of such communication is two-fold:
To inform Parties about on-going and planned activities of regional and international climate change research programmes and organizations, and
To communicate Parties' views on research needs and priorities to the scientific community.
In response to this request, the SBSTA initiated a dialogue on research needs under the Convention between Parties and regional and international climate change research programmes and organizations. At SBSTA 26 (see FCCC/SBSTA/2007/4, para 47), it was agreed to develop and maintain such dialogue in the context of decision 9/CP.11, and relevant research programmes and organizations were invited to regularly inform the SBSTA of developments in research activities relevant to the needs of the Convention, including: emerging scientific findings, research planning activities, research priorities and gaps, research capacity building activities particularly in developing countries, regional climate change research networks and relevant communication issues
Decision 16/CP.17 (FCCC/CP/2011/9/Add.2, page 47, para 3) urges Parties, in particular developing country Parties, and invites regional and international research programmes and organizations active in climate change research to utilize the research dialogue as a forum for:
Discussing needs for climate change research and research-related capacity-building, particularly those of developing countries, to support the work of the Convention;
Conveying research findings and lessons learned from activities undertaken by regional and international research programmes and organizations of relevance to the Convention.