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/CP/1999/L.5
    Review of the implementation of commitments and of other provisions of the Convention. Development and transfer of technologies (decision 4/CP.4). Recommendation of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice.
    Draft conclusions
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  • FCCC/CP/1998/6/Corr.1
    Development and transfer of technologies (decision 13/CP.1). Progress report on transfer of technology: Draft work programme. Note by the secretariat. Corrigendum.
    meeting papers
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Document type
  • Annual technical progress report of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building for 2017
    Reports
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  • SCF 17 - list of participants
    Reports
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