Organizations (non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and intergovernmental organizations
(IGOs)) have to be admitted by the Conference of the Parties (COP) as observer
organizations to the UNFCCC process before they can send representatives to attend any sessions or
meetings of the UNFCCC. While the organization does not need to repeat this process once
admitted, it has to register its representatives through the Online
Registration System (ORS) in order for them to
attend a session.
Before applying for admission through the Online Admission System (OAS), please check whether your organization has already been
Inter alia, applicant organizations are required to furnish proof of their independent
juridical personality and non-profit and/or tax-exempt status. Further information on the
mandate and legal provisions for admission of observer organizations can be
Please note that the UNFCCC admission process is independent from any status of an
organization with ECOSOC, or other UN organizations and agencies.
During the admission process the following documents will be requested:
Help? Take a look at the OAS User
Manual and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any technical problems.
Deadline: organizations have to submit their application for admission one
year in advance to attend a session. Deadline to apply for admission in time to attend COP 24 is
31 August 2017 (deadline for COP 23 closed on 31 August 2016). For background on
the application timelines please see the information note on revised application timelines
here (169 kB) .
Applications must be complete, including all required official documents and
information as outlined in the respective standard admission process above, and have to be
submitted within the deadline. Incomplete applications as of the deadline will be automatically
deferred to the following review cycle.
Once admitted as observer, please find further information on the registration of
representatives for sessions as well as other activities at the following links:
The UNFCCC secretariat has become aware that certain admitted observer organizations are using
commercial business model packages to solicit business. As an inducement to sell these packages,
potential clients are assured participation at UNFCCC conferences, sessions and meetings through
quotas of admitted observer organizations. The UNFCCC secretariat would like to make clear that it
does not endorse such practices nor does it charge any fees to anyone for participating in the UNFCCC
process. Eligible participants are accredited only by the UNFCCC secretariat who upon issue of badges
by the UNFCCC secretariat can enter conference, sessions and meetings venue and participate, subject
to the relevant rules and regulations, in the activities organized by the UNFCCC secretariat
including the UNFCCC side events and exhibits and UNFCCC Climate Change Studio.