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Civil society

Attending sessions
Civil society engages with the climate change process through representative non-governmental observer organizations.

Admission: Article 7, paragraph 6, of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change provides for the admission of non-governmental organizations to sessions of the Convention bodies as observers.  New applicant organizations are formally admitted by the Conference of the Parties 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.  Participation at sessions in between the SB sessions and the COP is limited to those organizations that have been admitted or provisionally admitted at previous SB sessions and COPs.

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 do not need to reapply for admission.

Attendance: Admission is not the only way to attend sessions.  If your organization is not admitted and you have missed the deadline for application, or if your organization is not eligible for admission, the representatives of your organization might be nominated to attend sessions by already admitted observer organizations who agree to nominate them.  Visibility will be given to the name of the nominated organization on the official list of participants under the name of the admitted organization.  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.

Nominations:  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



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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.

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