Participation and engagement in the Katowice Climate Change Conference – December 2018 (COP 24)

This page provides information on participation and engagement opportunities for observer organizations and other non-Party stakeholders in the Katowice Climate Change Conference – December 2018 (COP 24).


Participation and registration

Who can register

In accordance with Article 7, paragraph 6 of the Convention, Parties to the Convention, United Nations and related organizations and agencies, media and non-profit observer organizations with observer status may attend the sessions of the Convention. Consequently, everyone wishing to enter the conference must be registered accordingly and in possession of a conference badge.

How to register

United Nations and related organizations and agencies

Please see the section "Attending sessions" here.

IGOs and NGOs with observer status

Registration is managed through the Online Registration System. The registration timelines for delegates of admitted IGOs and admitted NGOs for COP 24 are:

  • Nomination: 9 August 2018 until 24 September 2018, midnight CET
  • Confirmation: 4 October 2018 until 26 November, midnight CET (please note the updated confirmation start).

All delegates of admitted observer organizations have to be registered within these deadlines. Please see the information note (please note the registration timelines have been updated as stated above) for further information .

Important guidelines



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.

Information for participants

Information for participants, including details on the venue and other logistical information, is available here.

Input to the process: Showcasing (side events, exhibits)

The application period for side events and exhibits through SEORS for COP 24 was open from 14 August 2018 until 24 August 2018. Please see the COP 24 side events and exhibits web page for further information.

Input to the process: Submissions in respond to calls for information and views


Convention bodies often request written input, called submissions, on views and information on various issues under negotiation. These mandates are extended to observer organizations. Information on how to make submissions is available here.

Input to the process: Bilaterals and press conferences

Meeting rooms

Observer organizations frequently hold bilateral meetings with government officials and other delegates. To provide space for such interactions, the secretariat offers meeting rooms that can be booked free of charge, but under certain conditions. Further information on booking meeting rooms will be made available here. Please note that meetings booked through the Meeting Room Assignment (MRA) team are categorized as closed, and no side events (which are open to the public) can be organized in any of these rooms.

Press conferences

Press conferences conducted at UNFCCC meetings are open to all accredited media. Only registered government representatives and admitted observer organizations may hold a press conference. Information on booking a press conference as well as further news and media related information will be made available here.