United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - Secretariat (UNFCCC Climate Change Secretariat)

Convention-cadre des nations unies sur les changements climatiques - Secrétariat

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1995 Geneva Switzerland


Established as permanent secretariat to T-XT9210 - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), having previously acted as secretariat to U-XE2433 - Climate Convention Information Exchange Programme (CC:INFO) in the run-up to implementing the Convention. Set up by the Conference of the Parties to, and under the terms of, the Convention. Relocated to Bonn (Germany), Aug 1996.


According to Article 8 of the Convention: (a) make arrangements for sessions of the Conference of the Parties and its subsidiary bodies established under the Convention and provide them with services as required; (b) compile and transmit reports submitted to it; (c) facilitate assistance to the Parties, particularly developing countries, on request, in compilation and communication of information required in accordance with the provisions of the Convention; (d) prepare reports on its activities and present them to the Conference of the Parties; (e) ensure the necessary coordination with secretariats of other relevant international bodies; (f) under the overall guidance of the Conference of the Parties, enter into such administrative and contractual arrangements as may be required for the effective discharge of its functions; (g) perform the other secretariat functions specified in the Convention and its protocols and such other functions as may be determined by the Conference of the Parties.


2021-11-01 | Glasgow, UK – Annual Session of the Conference of the Parties

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Institutionally linked to the United Nations and administered under UN rules and regulations. Headed by Executive Secretary, appointed by UN Secretary-General in consultation with the Bureau of the Conference of Parties (COP). Secretariat is a neutral body of civil servants responding to COP through the Executive Secretary; work of the Secretariat is guided by Bureaux of the Convention bodies and includes the following: Executive Direction and Management (EDM); Legal Affairs (LA); Sustainable Development Mechanisms Programme (SDM); Reporting, Data and Analysis Programme (RDA); Financial and Technical Support Programme (FTS); Adaptation, Technology and Science Programme (ATS); Conference Affairs Services (CAS); Information Services Programme (IS); Administrative Services Programme (AS).


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GOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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