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COP 18: Doha 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference

The State of Qatar is proud to host the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference from November 26 - December 7, 2012. Sessions of the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP8), will be held at the iconic Qatar National Convention Center in Doha. WHAT IS COP? Since the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force in 1995, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC have been meeting annually to assess progress in dealing with climate change. The COP adopts decisions and resolutions, published in reports of the COP. Successive decisions taken by the COP make up a detailed set of rules for practical and effective implementation of the Convention. WHAT IS CMP? The COP serves as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, which also adopts decisions and resolutions on the implementation of its provisions.   This annual meeting is referred to as the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP). However, Parties to the Convention that are not Parties to the Protocol are able to participate in the CMP as observers, but without the right to take decisions. COP /CMP PRESIDENCY The office of the Conference President rotates annually between the five United Nations (UN) regional groups.  South Africa held the COP 17 / CMP 7 in 2011 and is currently the COP/CMP President. The Asian Group will be the next proud host of the Conference with COP 18 / CMP 8 taking place from 26 November to 7 December 2012 in Doha, Qatar.  Following the procedural rules of the Conference, it is customary for the COP and CMP to elect as President a minister from the host country.  The President of COP 18/CMP 8 is His Excellency Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Director of the Qatar Administrative Control and Transparency Authority. H.E. Al-Attiyah brings significant experience to the role. Prior to holding the current office, H.E. Al-Attiyah’a career of service to Qatar has included the offices of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Industry, and Minister of Water and Electricity.  Who can Participate? As with previous United Nations (UN) Climate Change conferences, participation at COP 18 and CMP 8 will be restricted to appropriately nominated representatives of Parties, observer States, accredited observer organizations and accredited members of the media. Those Parties to the Convention that are not Parties to the Protocol may participate as observers in the meeting of the Parties. Thousands of participants from government representatives to observer organizations take part in sessions.  The COP 15 in Copenhagen in 2009 attracted over 24,000 delegates, including some 10,590 government officials, over 13,000 representatives of UN bodies and agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and 3,221 accredited media members. The 2010 COP 16 / CMP 6 in Cancun, Mexico had over 11,800 participants. More information on the Conference Website: COP 18: Doha 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference