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/1996/15/Add.1/Corr.1
    Report of the Conference of the Parties on its second session, held at Geneva from 8 to 19 July 1996. Addendum. Part two: Action taken by the Conference of the Parties at its second session. Corrigendum.
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  • FCCC/CP/1996/15/Corr.1
    Report of the Conference of the Parties on its second session, held at Geneva from 8 to 19 July 1996. Corrigendum.
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  • FCCC/CP/1996/15/Add.1
    Report of the Conference of the Parties on its second session, held at Geneva from 8 to 19 July 1996. Addendum. Part two: Action taken by the Conference of the Parties at its second session.
    Session and meeting reports
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  • FCCC/CP/1996/15
    Report of the Conference of the Parties on its second session, held at Geneva from 8 to 19 July 1996. Part One: Proceedings.
    Session and meeting reports
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  • FCCC/CP/1996/INF.2
    List of participants (COP2).
    Lists of participants
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  • FCCC/CP/1996/4
    Credentials of the representatives of Parties to the second session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Report of the Bureau.
    Meeting documents
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  • FCCC/CP/1996/Misc.2
    Provisional list of participants (COP2).
    Lists of participants
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  • FCCC/CP/1995/7/Add.1/Corr.1
    Rapport de la Conférence des Parties sur sa première session, tenue à Berlin du 28 mars au 7 avril 1995. Additif. Deuxième partie: Décisions prises par la Conférence des parties à sa première session. Rectificatif.
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  • FCCC/CP/1995/7/Add.1/Corr.2
    Informe de la Conferencia de las Partes sobre su primer período de sesiones, celebrado en Berlín del 28 de marzo al 7 de abril de 1995. Adición. Segunda parte: Medidas adoptadas por la Conferencia de las Partes en su primer período de sesiones. Correción.
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  • FCCC/CP/1995/7/Add.1
    Report of the Conference of the Parties on its first session, held at Berlin from 28 March to 7 April 1995. Addendum. Part two: Action taken by the Conference of the Parties at its first session.
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Document type
  • Annual technical progress report of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building for 2017
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  • SCF 17 - list of participants
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