Norway, supported by others, wanted a
prioritization of tasks required of the subsidiary body. New
Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Spain and India expressed concern that the
body provide scientific and technical advice rather than dealing
with finance or policy matters. It was agreed that the SBSTTA
should provide scientific and technical advice, including on policy
issues related to scientific and technical programmes and
international cooperation in research, but not other policy issues.
It should also have no direct relationship to the financial
The final report of Working Group I (UNEP/CBD/IC/2/ L.3) states
that the SBSTTA should draw its future work from the report of the
Mexico meeting (UNEP/CBD/IC /2/11) and the Agenda for Scientific
and Technological Research (UNEP/CBD/IC/2/Inf.2), and both
documents will be forwarded to the COP. In addition, the Committee
should submit a set of priority tasks for the SBSTTA to the COP,
consisting of Article 25, paragraph 2 of the Convention.