Intergovernmental organizations that have been admitted to the UNFCCC process may attend sessions of
the Convention bodies as observers provided that they use the Online Registration System (see below) to
nominate and confirm representatives by the set deadlines.
Notification: The secretariat’s usual practice is to post official notifications
or information notes for upcoming sessions on the UNFCCC website three months prior to the start date of the
sessions. It is the responsibility of the admitted observer organization to check for
notification/information note updates. You can find current information on the Notifications page of the UNFCCC website.
Registration: The UNFCCC Online Registration System (ORS) has been in place for all sessions
since 2010. ORS will open upon issuance of the notification/information note which contains the nomination
and confirmation deadlines. Designated Contact Points (DCP) of admitted IGOs should use the system to
nominate and confirm representatives by the given deadlines. Late nomination and confirmation of
representatives after these deadlines will not be accepted.
For further information and guidance on the nominations and confirmation process and using the system, please
refer to the links below.
Online Registration System homepage:
Online Registration System User Manual: https://onlinereg.unfccc.int/onlinereg/public/UNFCCC_ORS_User_Manual-Observer_Organisations.pdf
For technical assistance when using the system, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendance: Admission of your organization is not the only way to attend sessions. If
your organization is not admitted and you have missed the deadline for admission or if your organization is
not eligible for admission, the representatives of your organization might be nominated and confirmed to
attend sessions by already admitted observer organizations who agree for them to be part of their delegation.
Visibility will be given to the name of the nominating organization on the official list of participants. The
contact details of the admitted observer organizations are available here.
Virtual participation: It is also possible to follow the proceedings of UNFCCC sessions via
webcast. Please check the Meetings page of the UNFCCC
website page for the current session and click on webcasts.
Making statements at the COP and CMP by the head of the organization in the context of the
high level segment: If speaking slots for observer organizations are foreseen at the high-level segment, the
secretariat will contact the Designated Contact Points (DCPs) of admitted IGOs that register to attend the
COP. Please note that speaking slots are for the head of organization only.