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
  • cp24 auv ldcwp
    COP 24 Least developed countries work programme
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2018/L.9
    Modalities and procedures for the operation and use of a public registry referred to in Article 7, paragraph 12, of the Paris Agreement
    Draft decisions
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2018/L.14
    Matters referred to in paragraphs 41, 42 and 45 of decision 1/CP.21
    Draft decisions
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2018/L.21
    Further guidance in relation to the adaptation communication, including, inter alia, as a component of nationally determined contributions, referred to in Article 7, paragraphs 10 and 11, of the Paris Agreement
    Draft decisions
    Full library record
  • cp24 auv nap
    COP 24 National adaptation plans
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • cp24 auv ec wim
    COP 24 Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • cp24 auv ac
    COP 24 Adaptation Committee
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • cp24 auv lcipp
    COP 24 Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/SBSTA/2018/L.18
    Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chair.
    Draft decisions
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2014/L.5
    Forum and work programme on the impact of the implementation of response measures. Proposal by the President.
    Draft conclusions
    Full library record
Document type
  • Annual technical progress report of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building for 2017
    Reports
    Full library record
  • SCF 17 - list of participants
    Reports
    Full library record