The Laudato Si’ Movement is now an official observer organization to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
What is this about?
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) must be accepted by the Conference of the Parties (COP) as observer organizations to the UNFCCC process before they can send representatives to any session or meeting of the UNFCCC.
The Laudato Si’ Movement, as an NGO, will represent a broad spectrum of interests during the next COPs, such as zero fossil fuels. LSM will be part of other representatives including business and industry, environmental groups, agriculture and farming, indigenous peoples, local governments and municipal authorities, research and academic institutions, labor unions, women’s and gender and youth groups.
While the organization does not need to repeat this process once approved, it must register its representatives for each conference through the Online Registration System (ORS) in order for them to attend a session.
There are three categories of participants in the meetings and conferences of the UNFCCC process: representatives of Parties and Observer States, members of the press and media, and representatives of observer organizations, to which LSMs belongs.
Observer organizations are further categorized into three types: the United Nations System and its Specialized Agencies, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). IGOs and NGOs can register delegates once they have received observer status.
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