Observers to the Conference of the Parties

Rules 29 to 31 of the Rules of Procedure of the Conference of the Parties define who may attend the public sessions of the Conference of the Parties or meetings of its subsidiary bodies as an observer, without the right to vote:

States non-Parties - Any Member State of WHO which is not a Party to the Convention, any Associate Member of WHO, or any other State which is not a Party to the Convention but which is a Member of the United Nations, or its specialized agencies or of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and any regional economic integration organization, as defined in Article 1(b) of the Convention, which is not a Party to the Convention (Rule 29).

International intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) - Any international intergovernmental organization may apply to the Secretariat for observer status, which may be granted by the Conference of the Parties, taking into account the 17th and 18th preambular paragraphs as well as Article 5.3 of the Convention (Rule 30.1).

Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) - International and regional nongovernmental organizations whose aims and activities are in conformity with the spirit, purpose and principles of the Convention may apply to the Secretariat for observer status which may be granted by the Conference of the Parties, based on the report of the Secretariat, and taking into account the 17th and 18th preambular paragraphs as well as Article 5.3 of the Convention (Rule 31.2).

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