A first in Africa, COP 22 — with more than 22,000 participants — has been certified under the ISO 20121 standard for event sustainability management systems. ISO 20121 is an international standard, created by the International Organization for Standardization, that helps to ensure that an event recognizes its impact on society and actively contributes to the three dimensions of sustainability: economic, environmental and social.
The certification, awarded on 18 November by auditor Bureau Veritas, gives evidence that the Government of Morocco has successfully addressed the management of improved sustainability throughout all event‐ related activities during the entire management cycle of COP 22. Among other things, the COP 22 Sustainability Approach (available online in English and French) includes the following aspects:
The first UN climate change conference to receive ISO 20121 certification was COP 21/CMP 11 held in 2015. The certification obtained first in Paris and now in Marrakech sets an example for future UN climate change conferences and beyond, and the good practices established will be shared with future host countries.