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).


Observer guide

The COP 24 edition of the Observer Guide has been prepared primarily to assist those observers attending a UNFCCC COP for the first time. It is however also useful for seasoned observers as the guide contains key in-formation for the Katowice Climate Change Conference, December 2018.

COP 24 Observer Guide

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.

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

Important guidelines

Important information

12 October 2018 Notification to all admitted IGOs and admitted NGOs - United Nations Climate Change Conference, Katowice, Poland, 2 - 14 December 2018
4 October 2018 Information Note to all admitted IGOs and admitted NGOs - NGO and IGO Capacity for COP 24, Katowice, Poland
9 August 2018 Information Note to IGOs and NGOs - Opening of the online registration system for COP 24, Katowice, Poland

Information notes and notifications are published here.

Registration on-site (for duly registered observers)

Registration will be open for observers starting Friday, 30 November 2018. On Sunday, 2 December 2018 all observer organizations can come to the venue and pick up their badges as requested and will be able to enter the venue subsequently. Please note however that the side events and exhibits area will not be operational during this day and access restrictions to the events in the plenary will be applied based on space constraints.

On Monday, 3 December 2018, the registration for NGOs and IGOs will open at 14:00.

Please also see the registration section of the information for participants web page.



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 venues and participate, subject to the relevant rules and regulations, in the activities organized by the UNFCCC secretariat including the UNFCCC side events and exhibits.

Daily Badge System (Pilot)
Information for participants

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

Follow the negotiations


Detailed information (including agendas, official documents, decisions, Daily Programme and schedule of meetings) can be accessed through the conference main page.

Access to negotiation meetings

Changes to in-session access to informal meetings are announced on CCTV screens in the conference venue as well as through Twitter: @UNFCCCObservers

Virtual participation

Information on virtual participation, including webcast, is available here.

Newsletters/Daily updates from NGOs

Some admitted NGOs provide daily updates on the negotiations. Please find an overview here.

Input to the process: Bilaterals and press conferences

Bilaterals/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. Information on booking meeting rooms is 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 representatives of governments and admitted observer organizations may hold a press conference. Information on booking a press conference as well as further news and media-related information is available here.


Input to the process: Briefings and dialogues

Presiding officers and the UNFCCC Executive Secretary provide updates on the negotiations and opportunities to exchange views in briefings and dialogues with observer organizations. These meetings are facilitated by one of the Constituency Focal Points. During the conference, information on such meetings will be published in the Daily Programme and on the CCTV screens.

Presidency's Open Dialogue between Party and Non-Party Stakeholders

  • 5 December 2018
  • 14:00 – 16:00
  • Room Pomorze Climate Action Room 1
  • Programme
  • Webcast
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: Statements and high-level segment

NGO statements in the plenary

Intervention opportunities are provided by the presiding officers of the respective negotiating bodies. Such opportunities are communicated by the secretariat to the Constituency Focal Points. NGO constituency members are encouraged to work with the Constituency Focal Points to develop statements. The list of admitted NGOs indicates the constituency of an admitted NGO.

High-level segment statements

Observer statements are foreseen during the resumed high-level segment in the second week of the conference.

  • Admitted NGOs: The same procedure as indicated above for plenary statements applies, i.e. the statements are given per Constituency and are coordinated through the Constituency Focal Points.
  • Admitted IGOs: Designated Contact Points of registered IGOs have been informed of the registration procedure by email. Please note that speaking slots are for the head of organization only and cannot be delegated.
Input to the process: Submissions in response 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.

Actions/media stunts

Media actions and publicity events are allowed upon prior approval. The schedule of such actions is published below.

Friday, 14 December 2018


Please refer to the following guidelines including relevant policies for actions:

For further information, kindly contact the Observer Organizations Liaison Unit at