Have you heard about COPs? Not the guys in uniforms, but “Conferences Of Parties (COPs).”
Usually, it comes with a number, COP9, COP21, COP26… What does it mean? It’s pretty simple: each multilateral United Nations (UN) treaty is signed and/or ratified by some countries. When a country ratifies a UN treaty, it becomes “Party” to the treaty and gains a seat at COPs for that treaty. Each Party sends a delegation to the COP, which is the decision making body for that treaty.
There are many different COPs because there are many UN treaties (currently over 560). UN treaties cover many aspects of our everyday life, binding countries and other bodies to make international obligations.
The most well known COP is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP. Each UNFCCC COP receives great media coverage. The next one, COP26, will be held in Glasgow in November 2021.
INNC.org – 2021-07-22.