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CTA attains Intergovernmental Organisation status with the UNFCCC

June 25, 2015

CTA is pleased to announce that the Centre has been granted Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) status under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This allows the Centre to participate as an observer in all UNFCCC events, such as meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP) and the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTA).

UNFCCC is an international treaty, ratified by over 195 countries, under which countries cooperatively consider what they can do to limit average global temperature increases and the resulting climate change, and to cope with the impacts of these.

IGO status increases the visibility of CTA in global climate change policy processes, strengthens the influence of the Centre's experts and enhances their access to the negotiators. For example, it permits CTA to host technical and information sessions in the main COP venues, allows CTA to nominate an official delegation to COP and SBSTA, beginning with COP21 in Paris later in 2015. It is also good news for CTA's partners and stakeholders, as the Centre can now nominate some of them to participate in COP and other global climate change policy events under the auspices of CTA.

The formal application for IGO status was initiated last year and was subject to a rigorous technical and administrative vetting process. Achieving IGO status builds on work on climate change done by the Centre over a number of years and is a credit to CTA staff and their partners.

The number of applications received by UNFCCC from all over the globe has increased dramatically in the past few years. Only 105 organisations from all over the world have been granted IGO status, although about 1800 civil society organisations are registered by the Framework Convention.