Since 1995, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), have been meeting annually to promote the climate change agenda as well as seek long-term solutions to take us forward to a low-carbon and climate-resilient future.
Thousands of participants from government representatives to observer organizations take part in sessions. The COP 15 in Copenhagen in 2009 attracted over 24,000 delegates, including some 10,590 government officials, over 13,000 representatives of UN bodies and agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and 3,221 accredited media members. COP 16 / CMP 6 in Cancun last year had over 11,800 participants.
UNEP’s work on climate change is shaped by the UNFCCC negotiations and aims at help countries strengthen their resilience to climate change by moving to low carbon societies, reducing emissions and improving the understanding of climate science to realize a Green Economy for the 21st century.