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
Bonn,
Germany
COP 5
Buenos Aires,
Argentina
COP 4
Kyoto,
Japan
COP 3
Document type
  • 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
    Full library record
  • Report of the Adaptation Fund Board
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • Modalities, work programme and functions under the Convention of the forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • cp24_auv_10b
    Report of the Standing Committee on Finance
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • cp24_auv_10d
    Report of the Global Environment Facility to the Conference of the Parties and guidance to the Global Environment Facility
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • cp24_auv_10a LTF
    COP24 Long-term climate finance
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • cp24 auv dv
    COP 24 Dates and venues of future sessions
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • cp24 auv tmfm
    COP 24 Linkages between the Technology Mechanism and the Financial Mechanism
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • cp24 auv collectivegoal
    COP 24 Setting a new collective quantified goal on finance in accordance with decision 1/CP.21, paragraph 53
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • cp24 auv pa9.5
    COP 24 Article 9.5 of the Paris Agreement
    Non-official session documents
    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