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United Nations

Attending sessions
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.

 
Intergovernmental organizations
 

Attending sessions
Intergovernmental organizations which are not part of the UN system need to apply for admission in order to attend sessions.

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.  Admission to the Conference of the Parties also applies to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol.  Once an organization is admitted, its representatives may attend sessions of the Convention bodies as observers.

Once an organization is admitted, its representatives may attend sessions of the Convention bodies as observers.   Those observer organizations that have been admitted to a COP in the past or provisionally admitted to the SBs do not need to reapply for admission.

Attendance: Admission is not the only way to attend a COP.  If your organization is not admitted and has missed the deadline for admission, the representatives of your organization can be nominated to attend a COP by an already admitted observer organization who agrees to nominate them.  The contact details of the admitted observer organizations are available here

Notification: Official notification of sessions will be posted on our website three months prior to the start date when sessions are known in advance.  It is the responsibility of the admitted observer organization to check for notification updates.  You can find current information at http://unfccc.int.  On the left side of the screen click on Parties & Observers, then click on Notifications.

Nomination: UNFCCC has launched an online registration system for all sessions.  Once the notification for a session has been posted, the designated contact point (DCP) of the admitted observer organization will have approximately four weeks in which to nominate names via the online registration system.  No nominations will be accepted after the deadline which will be set in the notification.  Information about the online registration system can be found at  https://onlinereg.unfccc.int/  

For more information, please contact cool@unfccc.int

Participating effectively

  • Draft rules of procedure
  • Providing input under the SBSTA agenda item "Cooperation with relevant international organizations"
  • Making statements at the COP and CMP by the head of the organization in the context of the high level segment
  • Organizing a side event, an exhibit or a press briefing
  • Interacting with other members of the climate change community
 
For further information contact :
 

Observer Organizations Liaison Officer
Megumi Endo
Climate Change secretariat
P.O. Box 260 124
D 53153 Bonn, Germany
Tel. +49 228 815 1523
Fax. +49 228 815 1999
cool@unfccc.int

 
Dates and deadlines

SB40

Bonn, Germany
Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 15 June 2014

Online registration for SB40
Online registration for admitted IGOs and NGOs to nominate their  representatives is open until Friday, 11 April 2014 at midnight CET.

Online registration for admitted IGOs and NGOs to confirm their representatives will be open from Tuesday, 15 April
2014 to Friday, 30 May 2014 at midnight CET.

SB40 online application period  for Side Events and Exhibits
The online registration period for side events and exhibits was open on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 at 11 am CET to Friday, 21 March 2014 at 5 pm CET.
The list of Side Events and Exhibits will be announced around one month before the session.

Please note that there will be no side events and exhibits on Monday 9th June 2014.
http://seors.unfccc.int


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 will be sent an acknowledgement of receipt by 28 February 2014. Should you not receive such an acknowledgement by this date, please contact us at cool@unfccc.int.

COP 20/CMP10 online application period  for Side Events and Exhibits
The online registration period for side events and exhibits will open on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 at 11 am CET to 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 see@unfccc.int

For the Selection Criteria and additional information, please refer to:

http://seors.unfccc.int

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
Applications received by 31 August 2014 will be reviewed in time for admission at COP 21/CMP 11 in 2015.

For more details, please refer to the pdf-icon Information Note regarding revised deadlines for applications from organizations for admission as observers to the UNFCCC process.

 
Recent sessional activities

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Observations

Submissions - New content

Several of the requests for submissions of information and views from Parties contain explicit references to observer organizations. Please see most recent Notification.