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
  • FCCC/CP/2018/1
    Provisional agenda and annotations. Note by the Executive Secretary
    Agendas and annotations
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2017/INF.4/Corr.1
    List of participants. Corrigendum
    Lists of participants
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2018/4
    In-session workshop on long-term climate finance in 2018. Summary report by the secretariat
    Summary reports
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2018/3
    Gender composition. Report by the secretariat
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2018/2
    Admission of observers: organizations applying for admission as observers. Note by the secretariat
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2018/6
    Report of the Global Environment Facility to the Conference of the Parties. Note by the secretariat
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2018/5
    Report of the Green Climate Fund to the Conference of the Parties. Note by the secretariat.
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
  • FCCC/CP/2018/7
    Additional information on progress in implementing enhanced action prior to 2020 in accordance with decision 1/CP.21, section IV. Synthesis report by the secretariat
    Pre-session documents
    Full library record
  • 2018 SCF Forum - logistics note
    Non-official session documents
    Full library record
  • 2018 SCF Forum - programme
    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