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The UN Climate Change Conference in Paris will begin with an unprecedented Leaders Event on 30 November, immediately after the official opening of the COP, where an estimated 150 Presidents, Prime Ministers and Heads of States will deliver speeches. These speeches will be posted on the “white pages” of the UNFCCC website as they are made available to the secretariat.

Heads of State, Governments and others are expected to make major climate action announcements on 30 November at a series of press conferences and at a number of high-level side events.

All of the speeches and press conferences which take place at the Le Bourget venue can be viewed live and on demand via webcast. Summaries of climate action announcements, with links to the official announcements posted online by governments and key stakeholders, will be made available in the UNFCCC Newsroom.

A tentative overview of press conferences, including those of Heads of State and Government, is available on the UNFCCC press page.

To find out about media logistics for the Leaders Event, please consult our Note to correspondents. An updated note to correspondents will be provided for the Ministerial High-Level segment the COP in the second week.

UN Secretary-General and COP Presidency press briefings

  • An opening press briefing with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres is scheduled for 30 November at 18:15 to 18:45.
  • A slot from 1.15 to 1.45 daily has been booked for a briefing by the COP President and the UNFCCC Executive Secretary subject to daily confirmation (please check conference venue screens).

Other key sources of information for journalists

Throughout the conference, media representatives are advised to check the monitors on location, and the Daily Programme with a comprehensive overview of events.

The media contacts of delegations can be provided on demand at the information desk in the media center. Please note that the list only contains the contact details of delegation press officers who have provided them to the UNFCCC secretariat, and will only be provided to bone fide accredited journalists on location at the Le Bourget venue.

More information will be made continuously available on the UNFCCC press page. Another good way for journalists to follow the proceedings is via social media and via the UNFCCC Negotiator App.

Lima-Paris Action Agenda events, starting 1 December

During the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the governments of France and Peru, along with the UN, are organizing a series of high-level events to demonstrate that the transition to low carbon and resilience is under way. These events under the “Lima-Paris Action Agenda” (LPAA) will involve many different partners and provide a prime opportunity for media to generate stories and to interview Ministers, CEOs and Heads of UN Agencies.

Throughout the eight days of the LPAA, inspirational new commitments will be announced. Between December 1st and December 8th, 12 Thematic Focuses will take place in the official negotiations zone, tackling each of the LPAA’s main action areas, ranging from forests and agriculture to clean energy and private finance for climate action.

Each of these events will all be supported by an accompanying press conference located in Press Conference Room 1 which will be the "Climate Action Arena" also for events related to the UNFCCC secretariat's Momentum for Change Initiative.

A short and concise overview of the LPAA press conferences can be found here:


An overview of LPAA partners and the full documentation can be found here:


UNFCCC Info Hub for COP21:


UNFCCC press page:


About the UNFCCC

With 196 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties. For the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. In Doha in 2012, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol adopted an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, which establishes the second commitment period under the Protocol. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.

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