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

Document type
  • FCCC/KP/CMP/2006/4/Add.1 (Part I)
    Annual report of the Executive Board of the clean development mechanism to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. Addendum. Part I.
    meeting papers
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  • FCCC/KP/CMP/2006/4
    Annual report of the Executive Board of the clean development mechanism to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol.
    meeting papers
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  • FCCC/KP/CMP/2006/3
    Report on the workshop on carbon dioxide capture and storage as clean development mechanism project activities. Note by the secretariat.
    Workshop reports
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  • FCCC/KP/CMP/2006/MISC.1
    Equitable distribution of clean development mechanism project activities. Submissions from Parties.
    party submissions
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  • FCCC/CP/2004/2/Add.1
    Annual report (2003-2004) of the Executive Board of the clean development mechanism to the Conference of the Parties. Addendum.
    meeting papers
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  • FCCC/CP/2001/13/Add.2/Corr.1
    Informe de la Conferencia de las Partes sobre su séptimo período de sesiones, celebrado en Marrakech del 29 de octubre al 10 de noviembre de 2001. Adición. Segunda parte: Medidas adoptadas por la Conferencia de las Partes. Volumen II. Corrección.
    Session and meeting reports
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  • FCCC/CP/2002/3
    First report of the Executive Board of the clean development mechanism (2001-2002).
    meeting papers
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  • Report on the workshop on financing and use of the clean development mechanism by international climate finance institutions
    Reports
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