Bodies
Conference of the Parties (COP)

What is the COP?
The COP is the supreme decision-making body of the Convention. All States that are Parties to the Convention are represented at the COP, at which they review the implementation of the Convention and any other legal instruments that the COP adopts and take decisions necessary to promote the effective implementation of the Convention, including institutional and administrative arrangements.

 

More Background on the COP
A key task for the COP is to review the national communications and emission inventories submitted by Parties. Based on this information, the COP assesses the effects of the measures taken by Parties and the progress made in achieving the ultimate objective of the Convention.

The COP meets every year, unless the Parties decide otherwise. The first COP meeting was held in Berlin, Germany in March, 1995. The COP meets in Bonn, the seat of the secretariat, unless a Party offers to host the session. Just as the COP Presidency rotates among the five recognized UN regions - that is, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe and Western Europe and Others – there is a tendency for the venue of the COP to also shift among these groups.

See also:
Bureau of the COP
Information on election and membership of the bodies of the Convention

 
Location Session Related
Katowice,
Poland
COP 24
Bonn,
Germany
COP 23
Marrakech,
Morocco
COP 22
Paris,
France
COP 21
Lima,
Peru
COP 20
Warsaw,
Poland
COP 19
Doha,
Qatar
COP 18
Durban,
South Africa
COP 17
Cancun,
Mexico
COP 16
Copenhagen,
Denmark
COP 15
Document type
  • FCCC/CP/2018/5/Add.1
    Report of the Green Climate Fund to the Conference of the Parties. Note by the secretariat
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2018/INF.2
    Proposal from Turkey to amend the list of Parties included in Annex I to the Convention. Note by the secretariat
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2018/INF.1
    Operation of the registry of nationally appropriate mitigation actions. Report by the secretariat
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2018/6/Add.1
    Report of the Global Environment Facility to the Conference of the Parties. Note by the secretariat. Addentum.
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
  • PRE-COP 24 SUMMARY NOTE Prepared by the incoming Polish Presidency
    Intersessional documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SB/2018/2
    Joint annual report of the Technology Executive Committee and the Climate Technology Centre and Network for 2018
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2018/2
    Admission of observers: organizations applying for admission as observers. Note by the secretariat
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBI/2018/12
    Provisional agenda and annotations. Note by the Executive Secretary
    Agendas and annotations
    Full library record
  • FCCC/KP/CMP/2018/1
    Provisional agenda and annotations. Note by the Executive Secretary
    Agendas and annotations
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2018/1
    Provisional agenda and annotations. Note by the Executive Secretary
    Agendas and annotations
    Full library record