Categories for attendance at COP

1: As a state Party delegate with valid credentials

2. As a state Non-Party delegate with valid credentials

3: As an IGO or NGO observer to COP with valid credentials

4: As a member of the public or media

General information for Categories 1, 2, and 3

States Parties delegates and observers (States non-Parties, international intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)) must formally notify the Head of the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) of the composition of their delegations. For States Parties and States non-Parties, the credentials shall be issued by the Head of State or Government, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Health, or any other competent government authority.

For States Parties, although a copy of the credential will have been submitted through the online registration system, they must also deliver the original credentials to the Secretariat (Governance and International Cooperation Team, office 6063, WHO main building, before the session starts) or 48 hours before the opening of the Conference of the Parties (COP) session (at the registration desk in session).

Only original documents are considered formal credentials by the Bureau of the COP.

For States non-Parties, a copy of the credentials will have been submitted through online registration.

For IGO and NGO observers, a letter of nomination shall be issued by the head of the organization and submitted through the online registration system only.

The list of observers accredited to the COP can be found here and here

General information for Category 4

The COP has the authority to decide whether or not the session will be open to the public. Limited public access will be allowed at the Conference’s plenary session and committee meetings if the COP does not decide otherwise in the course of the first plenary.

Applications for attendance are submitted on a daily basis at the Conference venue and are granted by the Secretariat on a first come, first served basis.

Media representatives must apply for accreditation before the start of the session, following the instructions on this website.

To be accredited, journalists should send a request to along with:

a letter signed by their editor-in-chief indicating the reason for accreditation and the dates for which accreditation is required; photocopies of media credentials, such as a press card; the completed media accreditation application form and a copy of their passport along with a passport-style photograph.

Submission of these documents does not amount to acceptance. The Secretariat will review all media applications and if successful, the applicant will be informed that they have received media accreditation for the session.

However, accredited journalists must abide by existing and subsequent decisions made by the Parties which may restrict access to meetings.

Under the current Rules of Procedure, the media falls under the category of public. A future COP may make a decision whether to treat media as a separate category and give further guidance on media attendance at the COP.