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.
|COP 24||Katowice Climate Change Conference – December 2018|
|COP 23||UN Climate Change Conference - November 2017|
|COP 22||Marrakech Climate Change Conference - November 2016|
|COP 21||Paris Climate Change Conference - November 2015|
|COP 20||Lima Climate Change Conference - December 2014|
|COP 19||Warsaw Climate Change Conference - November 2013|
|COP 18||Doha Climate Change Conference - November 2012|
|COP 17||Durban Climate Change Conference - November 2011|
|COP 16||Cancún Climate Change Conference - November 2010|
|COP 15||Copenhagen Climate Change Conference - December 2009|