New UNFCCC Logo
The current design of the UNFCCC logo was put in place by the secretariat in 1997, replacing an earlier logo developed during the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) period of work leading to the Earth Summit in 1992. It was later simplified in 2000 to make it earier to render correctly in print, in official UNFCCC documents and in conference designs.
Because it uses a specialized type face and multiple, graded colors, the logo is difficult and costly to accurately reproduce. Furthermore, with increasing use of the logos on-line and on websites, it has been noted that the complexity of the design does not display reliably so as to be recognizable.
For these reasons, the secretariat initiated in 2009 a comprehensive analysis of the design as used in all media, including its use at a Conference of Parties COP15/CMP5. The analysis concluded that the logo used from 1997-2000 could not be further adapted and that a new, more simple corporate design and logo was necessary. Factors to note were easy reproduction at any scale, in black or white or in any color, in any media application and at the lowest cost.
Having been designed, tested technically in the course of 2011 and later approved by the Executive Secretariat, a new logo was born. It was cleared with the Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations and formally submitted to and registered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to be the new logo of the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol.
The logo, shown below, is meant to be understandable to the Parties and observer organizations of the UNFCCC process and to the general public. It was officially launched on 24th October 2011 and will graduatlly replace the current logo prior to the COP17/CMP7 in Durban, South Africa from 28th November to 9th December 2011.