Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice

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The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) is an advisory body to the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

On its website, the UNFCCC describes the role of SBSTA as being "to provide the COP with advice on scientific, technological and methodological matters. Two key areas of work in this regard are promoting the development and transfer of environmentally-friendly technologies, and conducting technical work to improve the guidelines for preparing national communications and emission inventories."[1]

"The SBSTA also carries out methodological work in specific areas, such as the LULUCF sector, HFCs and PFCs, and adaptation and vulnerability. 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," it states.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, "Convention Bodies", United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change website, accessed September 2008.

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