Non-governmental organizations. Organizations that are not part of a governmental structure. Many NGOs attend climate talks as observers (over 1598 are admitted to the UNFCCC negotiations). To be accredited to attend meetings under the Convention, NGOs must be non-profit. The NGOs represent a broad spectrum of interests, including representatives from business and industry, environmental groups, farming and agriculture, indigenous populations, local governments and municipal authorities, research and academic institutes, labour unions, women and gender and youth groups. Constituency groupings have emerged from these groups to facilitate interaction.


Read more on: (A list of NGOs and their constituencies within the UNFCCC) (Guidelines for NGOs in UNFCCC meetings)