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Conference of the Parties (COP)

The objective of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.


Since it came into force, the parties to the Convention—the countries that ratified, accepted or approved, or have acceded to the Convention—meet annually at the Conference of the Parties (known as COP). The aim is to promote and supervise the application of the UNFCCC and to continue talks on the most appropriate way to approach climate change. The successive decisions adopted by the COP during its meetings now constitute a set of standards for the practical and effective application of the Convention.