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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rules of procedure (Convention)
- Providing input under the SBSTA agenda item "Cooperation with relevant international
- 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