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COP 15 Information

The sessions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change are open to Parties of the Convention and Observer States (Governments), the United Nations System and observer organizations duly admitted by the Conference of the Parties. In addition, accredited press is allowed to cover the proceedings of the Convention.

Participation in COP15 is restricted to duly nominated representatives of Parties, observer States, admitted observer organizations and accredited press/media. The sessions are not open to the public.

COP 15 comprises a number of sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies of the Convention, its Kyoto Protocol, bilateral and multilateral meetings as well as side events and exhibits.

Proposals by Parties for a protocol to the Convention and amendment to the Kyoto Protocol
Five Parties have recently made proposals for a protocol under the Convention pursuant to Article 17 of the Convention. The respective proposals by Parties are available here.

The secretariat has also received twelve proposals by Parties for amendment to the Kyoto Protocol pursuant to Articles 20 and 21 of the Protocol. The respective proposals by Parties are available here.

COP 15 Overview schedule

Provisional agendas and annotations
COP - Conference of the Parties
CMP - Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol
SBI - Subsidiary Body for Implementation
SBSTA - Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice
AWG-KP - Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol
AWG-LCA - Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention

COP 15 Notifications
pdf-icon Notification to Parties and observer States (251 kB)
pdf-icon Notification to NGOs and IGOs (3318 kB)
pdf-icon Notification to Parties, observer States and observer organizations pertaining to provisional agendas for the AWG-KP 10 & AWG-LCA 8 (187 kB)
Participation in COP 15

Parties: Governments nominate their respective representatives to participate and negotiate at the sessions of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol. This may include ministers, negotiators, and those who the Governments consider are necessary to achieve their goals during the sessions. Notification for Parties will be issued in early October 2009 and will contain the deadline for submission of nominations and other useful details for participation.

United Nations System: United Nations bodies, specialized agencies and related organizations (such as WMO, UNEP, IPCC, UNDP, the World Bank, GEF, convention secretariats etc.) are allowed to observe the proceedings. Each organization nominates a number of representatives to attend the sessions at their discretion. Notifications for observer organizations will be issued in early October 2009 and will contain the deadline for submission of nominations. Nominations of representatives for COP 15 will only be accepted after notification.

Observer Organizations: The Convention allows intergovernmental organizations and civil society organizations to observe the sessions of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol. For that purpose, the Conference of the Parties has created an application process which is under the responsibility of the UNFCCC secretariat. The deadline for new observer organizations for admission at COP 15 was 1 July 2009. Admitted observer organizations will automatically receive a notification in early October 2009 which will contain a request for submission of nominations. Nominations of representatives for COP 15 will only be accepted after this notification.

If your organization is not admitted, representatives from your organization can be nominated to attend COP 15 by observer organizations that are already admitted and 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 nominating admitted organization. The contact details are available for IGOs and for NGOs respectively.

Press and media: press and media participation at UNFCCC Conferences is subject to accreditation by the UNFCCC secretariat. Accreditation is strictly reserved for members of the press - print media, photo, radio, TV, film and news agencies - who fully meet UN media accreditation requirements. Accreditation will be granted upon presentation of valid press credentials.

Accreditation for COP 15
For further information, please consult UNFCCC’s homepage, via the links below.
· Parties and Observer States
· IGOs
· Civil Society
· Press and Media

Services to Participants




Rental of delegation offices and equipment on a commercial basis

Meeting room booking will only be available on site during the sessions



Mobile phone rental
Mobile phones and SIM card purchase service
Sets of mobile phone (Sony Ericsson T700) and
prepaid SIM card are available for purchase at the
Bella Center Technical Shop located in Hall D
Telephone: +45 36196262


COP 15: taking the train to Copenhagen

German railways DB offers special Event Tickets at reduced fares only to participants in COP 15 to Copenhagen and back from any town in Germany. The round trip rate is EUR 89 for 2nd class and EUR 139 for 1st class.

The special Event Tickets will be issued via a dedicated DB hotline, telephone number +49 180 53 111 53 (charge Euro 0.14 per minute from Deutsche Telekom landline network). The hotline is reachable from Monday to Saturday from 08:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs. The booking reference is "UNFCCC".

The Event Tickets are valid in the period between 1 November and 20 December 2009.

Visit DB homepage for train schedules and regular fares

Processions and media stunts in the City of Copenhagen

Below is a message from the Copenhagen police for the civil society representatives who plan to organize processions or other media stunts in the public sphere of Copenhagen.

pdf-icon Copenhagen Police note (116 kB)

Timelines for COP 15

Admission of observer organizations:
Deadline for application by new observer organizations has passed. Notification of provisional admission will be sent in mid September.

Application for side events and exhibits for COP 15:
1-4 September 2009.
Online application
is now closed)

Admitted observer organizations will receive official notification from the secretariat in early October 2009 for COP 15.

Nominations will be accepted after the official notification is sent.

Registration is conducted throughout the COP 15 conference period.

Press and media accreditation:
Open now through the close of the conference

The exhibition of the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at COP 15, Copenhagen, 7-18 December 2009 will show how information and communication technologies (ICTs) are helping to increase awareness and support concrete action on climate change in both developing and developed countries.

The exhibition will tell stories about current ICT-related projects undertaken by governments, United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations on their own or with private sector partners.

pdf-icon More (186 kB)

COP 15 to feature "TelePresence"
Four "TelePresence" suites will be available for use by participants to COP 15 at no cost. Using these TelePresence suites in the conference venue in Copenhagen it will be possible to hold high quality, video conferences with counterparts in 61 countries.
pdf-icon Brochure (1888 kB)