Your Guide to COP


We at CAN have brought together a collection of resources that can serve to shed some light on what goes on at COP. These resources are intended to be for those attending the COP as observers, as well as helping those watching the process from afar understand its different elements.

Even if you’ve attended COP a few times, you may still find this guide useful as a refresher or to pick up some tips. You will find an array of information split into four separate presentations for easy reading. With each overview presentation you will find a list of recommended resources from our partners that go into more detail on the topic.

This guide forms part of CAN’s capacity building work for members, and can be used in conjunction with the capacity building sessions and trainings that will take place within and outside the COPs.

Presentation 1: Introduction to the UNFCCC

A quick guide to understanding the basics of climate change negotiations. For more detail and to go deeper into certain topics, please use the links provided in the text and below.


Presentation 2: Guide to the Paris Agreement

This presentation provides a quick guide to the Paris Agreement, and includes a short background and explanation of its essential elements. It also provides for a guide to the Ad Hoc Working Program on the Paris Agreement, the negotiations for the Paris Agreement Rulebook that will culminate in 2018.


Presentation 3: A practical guide (to what goes on during a COP)

For those with less experience at COPs this presentation will help you understand the variety of things happening at the conference, whether it’s at the negotiation venue or outside. 

  • UN Security Guidelines (link)
  • UN Media Recording Guidelines (link)
  • Constituency Focal Point Contact Numbers
  • UNFCCC Guidelines for the Participation of Representatives of NGOs at Meetings of the Bodies of the UNFCCC (link)
  • UNFCCC: Mini Practical Guide (for COP22) (link)
  • UNFCCC: Guide to the Climate Change Convention Process (link)
  • YOUNGO: Utilizing a day at COP effectively (link)


Presentation 4: What CAN does at COP

Make the most of your observer experience at COP by participating in the variety of activities CAN is hosting throughout the duration of the conference. This overview displays the various joint activities CAN members can take part in, but also presents ones where all observers can participate, like our capacity building workshops and “Fossil of the Day” ceremonies. 

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