Statistics on non-Party stakeholders
Statistics on admission

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. The chart depicts the cummulative numbers of admitted observer organizations by COP. Find out more about the admission process here 

 

The chart shows the share of admitted observer organizations by United Nations regional group according to the organizations' headquarters.

 

 

In the UNFCCC process admitted NGOs have formed themselves into loose groups with diverse but broadly clustered interests or perspectives, called constituencies. The nine constituencies are: Business and industry NGOs (BINGO), Environmental NGOs (ENGO), Farmers, Indigenous peoples organizations (IPO), Local government and municipal authorities (LGMA), Research and independent NGOs (RINGO), Trade union NGOs (TUNGO), Women and Gender, and Youth NGOs (YOUNGO). Find out more about constituencies in the UNFCCC process here.

Statistics on participation and in-session engagement

NB: Observer organizations include admitted IGOs, admitted NGOs, and United Nations entities. Participants of UNFCCC sessions have to be registered through an online system in order to be able to enter the respective conference's premises. Information on past and future sessions is available here. Information on the registration process can be found on the web pages for admitted NGOs and admitted IGOs and United Nations entities.

Registration of observer organizations' representatives for UNFCCC sessions follows a process with four stages:

  1. Admitted observer organizations (i.e. organizations with observer status) nominate all delegates they would like to send to a UNFCCC session;
  2. Based on safety and security considerations and the nominations received, the UNFCCC secretariat sets participation quotas, i.e. the observer organizations are informed how many of the nominated representatives they can confirm as delegates;
  3. Observer organizations confirm their delegates according to their quota;
  4. Confirmed delegates can pick up their conference badge and participate in a UNFCCC conference.

Information on the registration process can be found on the web pages for admitted NGOs and admitted IGOs.

 

Find out more about constituencies in the UNFCCC process here.

Interventions are the opportunity for observer organizations to address plenary sessions and make their voices heard in the formal negotiation process. The speaking slots are allocated by NGO constituency and limited to 2 minutes each. The statements are available on the submissions portal if provided by the constituency.

Convention bodies often request submissions, i.e. written input, on views and information on various issues under negotiation. The submissions are available here.

Statistics on Side Events and Exhibits

 

BINGO: Business and industry NGOs; ENGO: Environmental NGOs; IPO: Indigenous peoples organizations; LGMA: Local government and municipal authorities; RINGO: Research and independent NGOs; TUNGO: Trade union NGOs; YOUNGO: Youth NGOs. Find out more about constituencies in the UNFCCC process here.

 

BINGO: Business and industry NGOs; ENGO: Environmental NGOs; IPO: Indigenous peoples organizations; LGMA: Local government and municipal authorities; RINGO: Research and independent NGOs; TUNGO: Trade union NGOs; YOUNGO: Youth NGOs. Find out more about constituencies in the UNFCCC process here.