Intergovernmental Organizations and the Climate Change Process
Article 7, paragraph 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change provides that
representatives of the United Nations system may be represented as observers at sessions. In order to
attend sessions representatives of UN bodies need to be officially nominated by the head of that body
to the Executive Secretary of the secretariat.
Please note that UN organizations and agencies are not required to apply for
admission to the UNFCCC process.
- Mandate for admission: Article 7, paragraph 6 English Español
The UN system of bodies and
- Key UN system organizations with a climate change agenda: UNCTAD, UNDP, UNEP, UNITAR, UNU, ISDR, WMO, WMO/IPCC, UNIDO, GEF, World Bank group and others
Note: For admitted organizations that wish to change their contact details
(including a change in Designated Contact Point) please complete a Contact Details Form
available in the table below under Admission.
Please be aware of the different systems that are used by observer organizations for
admission, registration and side event and exhibit applications respectively.
• Online Admission System (OAS)
Function: For new organizations to apply for admission as observers to the
UNFCCC process. Please note that already admitted observer organizations are not required to
use this system as, in accordance with FCCC/CP/1995/7, paragraph 22, organizations, once
admitted, are eligible to attend future UNFCCC sessions and do not need to reapply for
Logging in to OAS: Applying organizations must create a new account in order
to use the system. Following the review cycle, eligible organizations that are formally
admitted by the COP will not be required to use the system again.
User Manual: https://oas.unfccc.int/oas/UNFCCC_Online_Admission_System_User_Manual.pdf
• Online Registration System (ORS)
Function: For admitted IGOs and NGOs to nominate and confirm their
representatives for UNFCCC sessions by the respective nomination and confirmation deadline
(stated in the notification/information note for the sessions).
Logging in to ORS: If you have already created an account in ORS, the login
and password remain valid when you use the system to nominate for future sessions.
User Manual: https://onlinereg.unfccc.int/onlinereg/public/UNFCCC_ORS_User_Manual-Observer_Organisations.pdf
• Side Events and Exhibits Online Registration System
Function: For admitted IGOs and NGOs to apply for side events and
Logging in to SEORS: All applicants must register for a new personal account
in SEORS for each session. Your user name and password from the previous sessions do not
FAQs Side Events and Exhibits:
The secretariat launched the Online Admission System (OAS) in May
2014. Any organization wishing to apply for admission is now required to
submit their application via OAS. The secretariat will no longer accept hard copy or emailed
Please refer to the dates and deadlines section
on the right of the page for relevant admission deadline dates.
Admission as an observer organization to the UNFCCC is a one-off process. In
accordance with FCCC/CP/1995/7,
paragraph 22, organizations, once admitted, are eligible to attend future UNFCCC sessions and
do not need to reapply for admission.
Article 7, paragraph 6, of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change provides for the
admission of intergovernmental organizations to sessions of the Convention bodies as observers.
New applicant organizations are formally admitted by the Conference of the Parties (COP) following
the successful completion of the admission process. Once an organization is admitted, its
representatives may attend sessions of the Convention bodies as observers.
To apply for admission, organizations must submit a set of required documents to the secretariat. The
list of required documents is available below under Standard Admission Process.
The deadline for admission is 31 August the year before the admitting COP (e.g. the deadline for
admission for COP 21/CMP 11 in 2015 is 31 August 2014). Please refer to the information note on revised deadlines for admission for more details.
Admitted observer organizations should contact the secretariat whenever there is a change in
their contact details by completing a Contact Details Form (available in English, French and
Spanish, see bulletpoint 4 below) and sending it to email@example.com. Only forms sent electronically are acceptable (it is
not necessary to send a hard copy version of the form).
Intergovernmental organizations that have been admitted to the UNFCCC process may attend
sessions of the Convention bodies as observers provided that they use the Online Registration System
(see below) to nominate and confirm representatives by the set deadlines.
Notification: The secretariat’s usual practice is to post official
notifications or information notes for upcoming sessions on the UNFCCC website three months prior to
the start date of the sessions. It is the responsibility of the admitted observer organization to
check for notification/information note updates. You can find current information on the Notifications page of the
Registration: The UNFCCC Online Registration System (ORS) has been in place for all
sessions since 2010. ORS will open upon issuance of the notification/information note which contains
the nomination and confirmation deadlines. Designated Contact Points (DCP) of admitted IGOs
should use the system to nominate and confirm representatives by the given deadlines. Late nomination
and confirmation of representatives after these deadlines will not be accepted.
For further information and guidance on the nominations and confirmation process and using the
system, please refer to the links below.
Online Registration System homepage:
Online Registration System User Manual: https://onlinereg.unfccc.int/onlinereg/public/UNFCCC_ORS_User_Manual-Observer_Organisations.pdf
For technical assistance when using the system, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendance: Admission of your organization is not the only way to attend
sessions. If your organization is not admitted and you have missed the deadline for admission
or if your organization is not eligible for admission, the representatives of your organization might
be nominated and confirmed to attend sessions by already admitted observer organizations who agree
for them to be part of their delegation. Visibility will be given to the name of the nominating
organization on the official list of participants. The contact details of the admitted observer
organizations are available here.
Virtual participation: It is also possible to follow the proceedings of UNFCCC
sessions via webcast. Please check the Meetings page of the UNFCCC website page for the
current session and click on webcasts.
For Side Events and Exhibits please refer to https://seors.unfccc.int/seors/ and contact email@example.com for further enquiries
For press briefings contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, please contact email@example.com.
Dates and deadlines
Monday 20 to Friday 24 October 2014
Online registration for ADP 2.6
The deadline for admitted IGOs and NGOs to
nominate their representatives was Monday, 1 September 2014 at midnight
Online registration for admitted IGOs and NGOs to confirm their representatives is
open from Friday, 5 September 2014 to Thursday, 16 October 2014 at midnight CET.
ADP 2.6 Virtual Expo
Open for applications!
Please find further information on the ADP 2.6 Virtual Expo, including how to apply here:
ADP 2.5 Virtual Expo
Still open for applications!
Please find further information on the ADP 2.5 Virtual Expo, including how to apply here: https://seors.unfccc.int/seors?session_id=ADP2.5VE
COP 20/CMP 10
Admission of new observer organizations in time for COP 20/CMP 10:
The deadline for applications in time for admission at COP 20/CMP 10 was 31 December 2013.
Organizations who applied by the deadline were sent an acknowledgement of receipt by 28
February 2014. Should your organization not have received such an acknowledgement, please contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online registration for COP 20/CMP 10
The deadline for admitted IGOs and
NGOs to nominate their representatives was Monday, 15 September 2014 at
Online registration for admitted IGOs and NGOs to confirm their representatives is
open from Monday, 22 September 2014 to Thursday, 27 November 2014 at midnight CET.
COP 20/CMP10 online application period for Side Events and
The online registration period for side events and exhibits closed on Friday,
18 July 2014 at 5 pm CET.
Applicants will receive information from the secretariat through SEORS. For additional information,
please contact the Side Events and Exhibit team email@example.com.
For the Selection Criteria and additional information, please refer to:
Please also check our website regularly for deadlines concerning applications for Side Events and
Exhibits at UNFCCC sessions.
COP 21/CMP 11
Admission of new observer organizations in time for COP 21/CMP 11 in
The deadline for applications for admission as an observer organization in time for
COP 21/CMP 11 in 2015 was 31 August 2014. Organizations who applied by the deadline will be sent an
acknowledgement of receipt message in the Online Admission System (OAS) communication function by the
end of 2014. Should you not receive such an acknowledgement by that time, please contact us using the
communication function in OAS.
COP 22/CMP 12
Admission of new observer organizations in time for COP 22/CMP 12 in 2016
Applications received by 31 August 2015 will be reviewed in time for admission at COP 22/CMP 12 in
For more details, please refer to the Information Note regarding revised deadlines for applications from organizations for
admission as observers to the UNFCCC process.
Convention bodies often request written input on views and information on various issues under
negotiation. These mandates are extended to observer organizations. Please refer to the list of
mandates in the most recent Message to Parties - Early submission of Information and views which is
available on the Notifications page.