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COP 23 will host many events and exhibits by Parties (governments), non-Party stakeholders and the UNFCCC secretariat. These events and exhibitions will take place in the “Bonn Zone”, making it a major hub for showcasing climate action, knowledge-sharing, capacity-building and networking.

The Bonn Zone will be open from Monday, 6 November until Friday, 17 November 2017, including Sunday, 12 November, from 8 am to 10 pm. For more information on the two zones, see here.


As at past climate change conferences, there will be a wide array of events. These will include:

  • A series of events organized under the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action
  • Special events and high-level events by the COP Presidency and the UNFCCC secretariat
  • A large number of side events on climate-related issues offered by governments, non-governmental organizations, the UNFCCC secretariat and UN organizations
  • Media events
  • Cultural and other events organized outside the official conference venue

More information on these events and related schedules will be made available as soon as these become available.


Exhibitions in the Bonn Zone will be housed in pavilions, which can be rented by Parties and admitted observer organizations on a commercial basis, as well as exhibit spaces distributed throughout the zone.

The application period for requesting pavilion space through the website of the General Contractor for COP 23 closed on 9 June 2017. Questions may be sent to the COP 23 Commercial Services Team via email at mail@cop23-service.de. Additional details are included in this information note to Parties.

How to apply for side events and exhibitions 

All applications for official side events and exhibits will be received through the Side Events and Exhibits Online Registration System (SEORS). During the opening period of SEORS, a button will appear on the SEORS webpage.

Cultural events outside the official conference venue are organized through the City of Bonn.

The timing of the application period differs according to the type of applicants.

For more information on the application procedure for side events and exhibits please refer to the table below.

Eligibility Application procedure Selection authority Location
  • Parties to the Convention partnering with observer organizations
  • IGO/ NGO observer organizations
The application period was from Tuesday, 18 July 2017 at 10 am Central European Time until Friday, 21 July 2017 at 5 p.m. Central European Time on SEORS. UNFCCC Bonn Zone
  • UN system organizations and specialized agencies
Through UN system coordination with the UNFCCC secretariat. UN system coordination Bonn Zone
  • Other entities

The application period is from Monday, 28 August 2017 at 10 am Central European Time until Monday, 4 September 2017 at 5 pm Central European Time on SEORS.

Bonn Zone Selection Committee Bonn Zone
  • Anyone organizing cultural and other events in Bonn
Please see here. City of Bonn and UNFCCC Outside the conference venue

Pavilion organizers, exhibitors and speakers must be registered for the conference as representatives of Parties or admitted observer organizations to ensure that they are granted access to the conference venue. Information on participation and registration is available here.

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