UNFCCC Submissions Tracker

Tracking and sharing opportunities for stakeholders to give input to the UN climate change negotiations.

March 21, 2024

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the mechanism through which countries coordinate the global response to climate change. It is also the process that led to the adoption of the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the global average temperature rise to well below 2°C and preferably 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

The countries that are parties to the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement regularly come together to discuss the implementation of these agreements and elaborate further measures to enhance climate action. They do so twice a year—once in the smaller June meetings of the UNFCCC’s Subsidiary Bodies and once in November for the larger meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COPs).

These negotiations are multi-faceted: they cover various issues and work programmes related to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation, loss and damage, finance, technology, agriculture, gender, and many other topics. This means parties have to cover a lot of ground during their two-week-long face-to-face meetings.

To lay the ground for these meetings and make the best use of the limited negotiation time, the UNFCCC Secretariat is often tasked with collecting stakeholders’ views ahead of time. Some of these calls for submission are open only to parties, but many are also open to other stakeholders. This means academics, civil society organizations, private sector entities, and youth and Indigenous Peoples’ groups, among others, can submit their views on various issues relating to the climate negotiations. They can propose topics for workshops and dialogues, provide feedback on the effectiveness of specific work programmes, highlight gaps that should be addressed, and point to resources that might help governments and others enhance their climate action.

The UNFCCC Submissions Tracker is our effort to raise awareness about these input opportunities. The embedded spreadsheet below tracks opportunities by subject and deadline while providing broader context and suggestions on which stakeholders may be especially interested.

UNFCCC Submissions Tracker (Updated 28 March 2024)

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The UNFCCC Submissions Tracker was researched and written by Jennifer Bansard.