Election and Membership

The climate change institutional framework includes the 3 bureaux of the governing and subsidiary bodies and 17 constituted technical bodies established under the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.  Each year members and their alternates are elected or appointed to these bodies based on nominations from United Nations regional groups or other constituencies, with the aim to achieve gender balance on the membership of these bodies. Information on the UNFCCC electoral process, membership of bodies, gender balance, as well as other details pertaining to these bodies is available below.


2022 Gender Composition

The UNFCCC Electoral Process

Step-by-Step Guide on the Nomination Process

"The meaningful inclusion of women in decision-making increases effectiveness and productivity, brings new perspectives and solutions to the table, unlocks greater resources, and strengthens efforts across all the three pillars of our work." United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

The current gender composition of bodies as at 14 July 2022 is available here.

The 2022 report on gender composition is available here.

The COP has adopted a goal of gender balance decision 23/CP.18 and highlighted the importance of achieving and sustaining the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in the UNFCCC process decision 3/CP.25, annex, para 5. Parties and groups of Parties are therefore encouraged to seek balanced representation between women and men when nominating candidates for election to UNFCCC bodies. 

Rotation Mechanism for the office of the COP Rappoteur
Rotation Mechanism for the office of the COP Rappoteur

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board
Rules for the election of CDM Executive Board Non-Annex I members

The Climate Technology Centre Network (CTCN) Advisory Board
Rules and agreements for the representation of Non-Annex Parties on the Advisory Board of the CTCN

Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM) Executive Committee Associated with Climate Change Impacts
Agreement concerning representation from Non-Annex I Parties on the Executive Committee of the WIM

Information on the membership arrangements of bodies established under the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement is available here  (dated 11 April 2022)

Consultations convened in 2022

Consultations convened in 2021

Consultations convened in 2020

Consultations convened in 2019

Consultations convened in 2018