The Global Carbon Project (GCP) assists the international carbon community in providing objective scientific knowledge in support of the policy process to limit the growth of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. The GCP works closely with the research community for coordination, networking, and dissemination in relation to the global carbon cycle. A key contribution of the GCP is the annual publication of the global CO2 budget, the latest trends in CO2 emissions and their partitioning among the atmosph ere, ocean and land reservoirs. The budget activity has brought together the international community and provides up to date and objective scientific information to policy makers and the public. The GCP has been highly successful at meeting its mandate, b ut as expectations increase more support is needed to continue the GCP's success. From 2012 to 2014 CICERO will be represented on the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) of the Global Carbon Project (GCP), and will play a key role in annual updates of the carbon budget and bringing the research community together for other GCP activities. The objective of this project is to broadly support core GCP activities, and specifically, CICERO's contribution to these activities while represented on the GCP SSC. No rway is currently poorly represented in the global changes programmes, and supporting SSC activities also allows Norway to have a stronger role in global change research.