Conference of Parties

The functions of the Conference of Parties include:

  • Electing the Members of the Intergovernmental Committee;
  • Receiving and examining reports of the Parties to the Convention transmitted by the Intergovernmental Committee;
  • Approving the operational guidelines prepared by the Intergovernmental Committee;
  • Taking whatever other measures necessary to further the objectives of the  Convention. 

Article 22 of the Convention outlines in detail the main responsibilities of the Conference of Parties.

Observer countries, representatives of international organisations and civil society can participate in the meetings of the Conference of Parties as indicated in its Rules of Procedure.

All the documents from the sessions of the Conference of Parties, including Resolutions, working and information documents are available for consultation.

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