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Environmental Governance


One of the designations for the main negotiating body under an internatonal agreement. The COP is a policy-making body that meets periodically to take stock of implementation of the agreement and adopt decisions, resolutions and recommendations for the future implementation of the agreement. (Source: Glossary of terms for Negotiators of MEAs 2007 and InforMEA)


Related terms:
meeting of the parties
meeting of the signatories

In other languages

Conférence des Parties
Конференция Сторон
Conferencia de las Partes
Chinese, Simplified
مؤتمر الأطراف

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Multilateral environment agreements tagged with Conference of the Parties

You can see below a list of multilateral environment agreements. Use the links on the right to view the content tagged with Conference of the Parties. This includes official treaty texts, decisions, recommendations, and other related informational documents such as publications, annuals, meetings, documents or reports.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Basel Convention
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Convention on Migratory Species
Stockholm Convention
Vienna Convention
Montreal Protocol
Cartagena Protocol
Nagoya Protocol
Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds
International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
World Heritage Convention
Kyoto Protocol
Ramsar Convention
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Rotterdam Convention
Barcelona Convention
Dumping Protocol
Prevention and Emergency Protocol
Specially Protected Areas and Biodiversity Protocol
Offshore Protocol
Hazardous Wastes Protocol
Aarhus Convention
Espoo Convention
Abidjan Convention
Noumea Convention
Cartagena Convention
Bamako Convention
Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents
Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol


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Conferences of the Parties (COP)

Making of COP-11