Civil society engages with the climate change process through representative non-governmental
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/.
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