Observers:  1) representatives of Member States of UNESCO not parties to the Convention, permanent observer missions to UNESCO, 2) representatives of the United Nations and organizations of the United Nations system and other intergovernmental organizations, which have concluded mutual representation agreements with UNESCO, and 3) intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations having interests and activities in the field covered by the Convention invited by the Conference of Parties, who participate in the work of the Conference of Parties and/or the Intergovernmental Committee without the right to vote.
Source: Rules of Procedure of the Conference of Parties.
Operational Guidelines:  Set of text elaborated by the Intergovernmental Committee and adopted by the conference of Parties, providing general guidelines for the implementation and application of the provisions of the Convention.
Source: Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
Ordinary session:  Regular statutory meetings of the Convention as laid out by Articles 22 and 23.  The Conference of Parties meets in ordinary session every two years, while the Intergovernmental Committee meets annually in ordinary session.
Source: Rules of Procedure of the Conference of Parties.