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30-07-2015 Cop20 news

Participating in the UN Climate Conference in Paris

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Source: UNFCCC

Bonn, 30 July 2015 – The secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced today how accreditation and access for the upcoming UN climate conference in Paris is being managed so that participants can best plan their attendance.

After consultation with the UN’s Department of Safety and Security and the French government and based on the capacity of the venue and the services available, accreditation for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21/CMP 11) is distributed as follows:-

  • Anticipated 10,000 representatives of Parties to the Convention and Observer States—in other words government representatives
  • Up to 7,000 observers per week, including civil society making a potential total of 14,000 observer delegates over the fortnight
  • Up to 3,000 members of the media

Christiana Figueres, the UNFCCC’s Executive Secretary, said: “I would like to thank the Government of France for providing such an attractive and spacious venue, and the UN’s and the government of France’s security and safety experts for guiding our calculations.”

“We know that there are many enthusiastic and dedicated people, groups and organizations that want to attend COP 21 and play their part in ensuring the best possible outcome. In fact, observers have already nominated over 24 thousand participants,” she added.

“The French hosts of COP 21 are keen to encourage as many civil society delegates as possible. However, we are all conscious of the need to face the reality that a venue can only safely accommodate a certain number of people at any given time. So the accreditation and registration are a balancing act to maximize the number of participants from observers and media,” she said.

System Can Allow Double Number of Individuals to Experience COP 21

If they so choose, observer organizations can assign weekly badges, one participant for the first week, and another participant for the second week. Thus the system will potentially allow a total of 14,000 observers to attend over the two weeks.

Climate Generation Space Adds Extra Opportunity

Ms. Figueres also welcomed the decision by the French Government to establish an area around the main COP 21 venue called the Climate Generation Space.

This area, which will host debates, conferences and artistic, educational and cultural exhibitions as well as showcasing civil society solutions to climate change, will be accessible to the COP 21 delegates as well as to the public and those participating in events in the wider Paris area.

Please note that the nomination phase for observers including civil society is closed.

Information for observer organisations can be accessed here. Accreditation for media representatives will open in August

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