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UNFCCC Media 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.

How to apply for media accreditation

1. Go to the Online Registration System
2. Look on the top left corner for options to either login or create an account
3. If you have an account, log in with your e-mail address and password
4. In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, select "COP 23" as the current meeting
5. Upload the required documentation and click on "Submit application"

Only completed applications will be considered. Delays could occur if the request does not have the required documents (copy of press card, letter of assignment) or is not submitted.
Once the request is approved, a confirmation will be sent to the e-mail address on file in the online account. You need to come in person to collect your media pass.

Please note that applying for accreditation does not guarantee registration to COP 23. The secretariat may, at any time and for safety and security reasons, put measures in place to manage the number of accredited media who are able to attend the conference.

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

  • 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.

Media Centre

The Media Centre, Media Information Desk and International Broadcast Centre (IBC) are located in the “Bula Zone”.  Facilities to meet the needs of Television and Radio Broadcasters and Press News Agencies will be provided. Workspaces in the IBC are limited and are therefore offered on an approval basis.  Applications for workspaces are now open and submissions must be received by the deadline of Monday, 23 October 2017.

Media Information Desk

An information desk for media will be located in the Media Centre. The staff will be happy to address queries from the media and will also make media advisories and other materials available to accredited press.

Interview requests

The UNFCCC can accept interview requests for 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

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.

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.

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



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