Updates for COP 5


The fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 5) will be held at the Hotel Maritim, Bonn on 25 October - 5 November 1999. As in previous sessions, special events may be organized at lunchtime and in the evenings, and exhibits may be displayed during the Conference, in accordance with the conditions of the secretariat. Interested organizations which are already accredited, are requested to read the conditions before applying using the appropriate registration forms.

The demand for special events and exhibits has been steadily increasing over the Convention meeting process. The Conference of the Parties to be held at the Maritim in October/November 1999, will have particular limitations on physical resources at the actual Conference facilities. In order to accommodate as many applications as possible and to allow maximum participation, the secretariat encourages organizers of both special events and exhibits to consolidate with other kindred organizations by having joint events, splitting their time and/or sharing their space allocation. In the interest of providing equal opportunities to all accredited organizations, the secretariat may find it necessary to accept only one event per organization.

Organizers are requested to return the completed registration forms by 27 September 1999. This will allow a better scheduling of events and allow an earlier publication of the schedule on the web.

In the event of there being no possibility of a slot, then the organizers will be informed and recommended to review the schedule with the intention of "teaming up" with similarly focussed events.