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/2019/INF.1
    Biennial submissions from developed country Parties on their updated strategies and approaches for scaling up climate finance from 2014 to 2020. Compilation and synthesis report by the secretariat
    Synthesis reports
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  • FCCC/CP/2019/2
    Report on the 2018 stocktake on pre-2020 implementation and ambition. Note by the secretariat
    Pre-session documents
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  • FCCC/CP/2018/10/Add.2
    Report of the Conference of the Parties on its twenty-fourth session, held in Katowice from 2 to 15 December 2018. Addendum. Part two: Action taken by the Conference of the Parties at its twenty-fourth session
    Session and meeting reports
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  • FCCC/CP/2018/10
    Report of the Conference of the Parties on its twenty-fourth session, held in Katowice from 2 to 15 December 2018. Part one: Proceedings. Part two: Action taken by the Conference of the Parties at its twenty-fourth session
    Session and meeting reports
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2018/10/Add.1
    Report of the Conference of the Parties on its twenty-fourth session, held in Katowice from 2 to 15 December 2018. Addendum. Part two: Action taken by the Conference of the Parties at its twenty-fourth session
    Session and meeting reports
    Full library record
  • COP 25 President-designate Minister Carolina Schmidt Zaldivar - Biography
    Biographies
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  • Modalities and procedures for the operation and use of a public registry referred to in Article 7, paragraph 12, of the Paris Agreement
    Non-official session documents
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  • Report of the Adaptation Fund Board
    Non-official session documents
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  • Modalities, work programme and functions under the Convention of the forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures
    Non-official session documents
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  • cp24_auv_10b
    Report of the Standing Committee on Finance
    Non-official session documents
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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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