Information for the press

Accreditation

In an effort to meet the high demand for media accreditation to COP 23, the quota has been raised. The new ceiling of 2,000 gives more media a chance to attend. Late applications will be submitted until we reach the quota.  If the credentials submitted meet UN criteria and we have the space, we will process your accreditation. There is, however, no guarantee that we will be able to allow access to the conference.

Online accreditation is the only official channel to obtain registration for the media.

Press conferences/Booking a press conference room

Registered government representatives and admitted observer organizations may hold a press conference.  In addition, the UNFCCC secretariat regularly briefs the press throughout the conference.

More information on booking press conferences

The two main press conference rooms are in the BULA Zone. Press conference room 1 is for Parties/UN/IGOs; press conference room 2 is for NGOs. In addition, there is a media events room in Bonn Zone, restricted to Global Climate Action events, Momentum for Change, and conference host (Fiji, Germany, UNFCCC) events. Per the press conference room policy, admitted organizations may hold one press conference per day only in BULA press conference room 2.

Badges

Participants with badges for the Bula Zone will be able to access the Bonn Zone without additional registration.

An official UNFCCC conference badge is required to gain access to the premises. Badges are issued at the Registration counter only on the basis of prior confirmation in the online registration system. For security reasons, all participants are requested to wear their badges visibly at all times.

As of Saturday, 4 November 2017 you may proceed to the registration desk at the Bula Zone to collect your badge for access to the conference premises.

The acknowledgement letter, available upon confirmation in the online registration system, and a valid passport or a nationally approved identification card should be presented to the registration staff for the issuance of your badge.
 

Registration times – Bula Zone:

Saturday, 4 November, until Friday, 17 November 2017, from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., except Sunday, 12 November 2017. The Bula Zone, including registration, will be closed on Sunday, 12 November 2017.

Visas

All foreign delegates entering the Federal Republic of Germany must have a valid passport.

Participants requiring a visa should contact the appropriate consular authorities well in advance of the conference to ensure sufficient time for processing.

To facilitate the issuance of a visa, a copy of the acknowledgement letter from the online registration system must be attached to the visa application.

For more information, please visit the English, French or Spanish language pages of the German Federal Foreign Office and the website of the German mission where you are planning to apply for your visa.

Accommodation

Media representatives accredited to cover UNFCCC meetings are responsible for their own travel and hotel bookings. The secretariat is not in a position to make these arrangements.

More information on accommodation and transport

Media advisories and press releases at COP23

Please see here for UNFCCC and partner media advisories and press releases

Disclaimer

Participants are strongly advised to obtain comprehensive international medical insurance for the duration of their stay. The United Nations and the UNFCCC secretariat disclaim all responsibility for medical, accident and travel insurance, for compensation for death or disability, for loss of or damage to personal property and for any other costs or losses that may be incurred during travel or the period of participation.

In the interests of the security and safety of all participants and the smooth running of the sessions, the UNFCCC secretariat reserves the right to deny and/or restrict access to the conference premises, or to request registered participants to leave the premises.

The UNFCCC secretariat shall not be responsible for any expenses incurred by nominated participants who are requested to leave the premises or refused registration or access to the sessions for which they have been nominated and/or registered as participants.

UNFCCC Media Accreditation

The UNFCCC secretariat has been open for media accreditation for the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (COP 23) since May and has been processing a large volume of applications. The secretariat indicated the initial quota was increased and that applications would be processed until the quota was reached.

As of 8 November the quota has been reached.  Accreditations are now at the maximum level in relation to the physical capacity of the conference and media facilities, taking into account other participants and fire and security regulations.

Unfortunately, we are not in a position to extend accreditation to applications received after 8 November.

Interview requests
The UNFCCC can accept interview requests with Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and other UNFCCC officials. Send requests to: press@unfccc.int

When requesting an interview, please indicate your organization, name, position and submit a brief list of questions to be answered.

To arrange for an interview with delegations or UN agencies, please inquire at the Media Information Desk in the Media Centre.

Press Conferences
Draft tentative provisional schedules:

Parties/IGO/UN NGO

Press conferences conducted at UNFCCC meetings are open to all accredited media. Only registered government representatives and admitted observer organizations may hold a press conference. In addition, the UNFCCC secretariat briefs the press throughout the conference.

COP 23 Excursions Programme for Participants

The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the German Federal Environment Ministry are inviting the accredited delegates, observers, participants and journalists at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to explore the innovative energy region of NRW.

For more information about the programme of the excursions and registration visit: http://www.energieagentur.nrw/english/cop23