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Article 7, paragraph 6, of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change provides for the admission of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to sessions of the Convention bodies as observers. NGOs have been involved in these international processes, as well as proceeding with their own and joint efforts and programmes.

The next United Nations Climate Change Conference will be in Bali, Indonesia frol 3 - 14 December 2007. The conference brings together representatives of over 180 countries together with observers from intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, and the media. The two week period includes the sessions of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, its subsidiary bodies as well as the Meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol. A ministerial segment in the second week will conclude the Conference.

In the Bali meeting, there will extensive and varied NGO participation. Climate change negotiations are a good example of the historic evolution and broadening of NGO participation on this issue at global, national and local level, and on a sectoral basis. For coastal and oceans issues, there is also the example of EUCC- The Coastal Union, and is developing focus on climate change communication through medium such as EUCC Coastal News, and as well as more formal policy consultative role at EU and specific discussions as European Climate Change Programme II and EU Green Paper on Adaptation to Climate Change.

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Admitted NGOs to the UNFCC process at unfcc website
The main author of this article is Magdalena Muir
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