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/1999/L.18
    Review of the implementation of commitments and of other provisions of the Convention. Other matters referred to the Conference of the Parties by the Subsidiary Bodies at their eleventh sessions. Recommendation of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice.
    Draft conclusions
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  • FCCC/CP/1996/10; FCCC/SBSTA/1996/12
    Scientific assessments: Consideration of the second assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. IPCC second assessment synthesis of scientific-technical information relevant to interpreting article 2 of the UNFCCC and summaries for policymakers of Working Groups I, II and III of the IPCC. Note by the secretariat.
    meeting papers
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  • FCCC/CP/1996/5; FCCC/SBSTA/1996/7/Rev.1
    Scientific Assessments. Consideration of the second assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Note by the secretariat. Revision.
    meeting papers
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  • FCCC/CP/1996/5/Add.1; FCCC/SBSTA/1996/7/Add.1/Rev.1
    Scientific assessments. Consideration of the second assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Addendum. The science of climate change: Contribution of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Note by the secretariat. Revision.
    meeting papers
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  • FCCC/CP/1996/5/Add.3; FCCC/SBSTA/1996/7/Add.3/Rev.1
    Scientific assessments. Consideration of the second assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Addendum. The economic and social dimensions of climate change: Contribution of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Note by the secretariat. Revision.
    meeting papers
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  • FCCC/CP/1996/5/Add.2; FCCC/SBSTA/1996/7/Add.2/Rev.1
    Scientific assessments. Consideration of the second assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Addendum. Scientific-technical analyses of impacts, adaptations, and mitigation of climate change: Contribution of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Note by the secretariat. Revision.
    meeting papers
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  • Submission by UNU-EHS
    Reports
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  • Submission by FAO
    Reports
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  • Submission by Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)
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  • Submission by Boticario Group Foundation
    Reports
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  • Submission by International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
    Reports
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  • Submission by Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
    Reports
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  • Submission by Global Development Network
    Reports
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  • Submission by Action for Sustainable Development (ASD)
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  • Submission by GIZ indicators
    Reports
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  • Submission by GEF-SGP
    Reports
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