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Media accreditation for UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in UAE is now open

By DUKE TSUMA

newshub@eyewitness.africa

Media accreditation for UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in UAE is now open the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has announced.

Media representatives are invited for accreditation to the UN Climate Change Conference COP28, which will be held from 30 November to 12 December 2023 at Expo City Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will feature both in-person and virtual elements.

“However, only journalists attending the press conferences in person will be able to pose questions,”  UNFCCC says.

Those who have registered for the conference but are unable to come to the venue will be able to follow the negotiations via the digital platform in accordance with their badges.

The UN agency says media representatives participating remotely may wish to register as virtual-only participants and use the digital platform to connect and schedule virtual meetings with other COP28 participants.

“Remote participants not registered will be able to watch broadcasts of plenaries and open events on the UN Climate Change website. More information will be posted at https://unfccc.int/cop28 as it becomes available,” UNFCCC adds.

The UN Climate Change secretariat says it has introduced changes to its conference registration process to increase transparency.

Online registration is the only official channel for media representatives to apply for accreditation to this conference. The secretariat is not in a position to receive applications sent by any other method, e.g. e-mail, fax or letter. Requests for technical support can be sent to Service.Desk@unfccc.int.

The UN Climate Change secretariat says it is expecting a large volume of media accreditation requests. Media representatives are therefore encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible to avoid processing delays and in order to make all necessary technical preparations.

How to apply for media accreditation:

  1. Go to the Online Registration System https://onlinereg.unfccc.int/
  2. Options to either login or create an account are located in the top-left corner.  If you already have an account, you can log in with your existing credentials. If you need to create a new account, you will receive log-in credentials during that procedure
  3. Log in with your e-mail address and password
  4. In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, select “COP28” as the current meeting
  5. Edit your personal information and select your badge type. If you are planning to participate remotely, please select the newly introduced option “virtual-only
  6. Upload the required documentation and click on “Submit application”

“The application will be submitted to the UN Climate Change secretariat for verification. While the secretariat will endeavour to issue accreditations as soon as possible, in busy periods this may take up to 5 (five) days. Please bear with us during this time,” the UN agency says in a statement.

It asks applicants to ensure they correctly follow the steps above and all requested data and documentation is correctly entered and submitted adding that missing or incomplete documentation will significantly increase the accreditation processing time.

It adds that once applicants have received confirmation of their accreditation, they will be registered for the conference and receive a Registration Acknowledgement Form.

“More detailed and expanded information on the calendar of meetings during COP28 will be posted on the UNFCCC  website as it becomes available,” it adds.

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