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COP 6 notifications
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Conference Services
Press/Media Services
General Services
Transport desk
Additional Services
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COP 6 notifications
Notification to Parties and Observer States
Notification to the group of G77 and China
Notification to Observer organizations


Participants in COP 6 who may require a visa for entry into the Netherlands are encouraged to contact the nearest Dutch embassy or consulates as soon as possible. The embassies and consulates will be able to provide detailed information about visa requirements. Participants are encouraged to submit their applications for visas in a timely manner to allow sufficient time for processing. The Government of the Netherlands has agreed with the secretariat that visas or entry permits shall be granted free of charge and as speedily as possible.

Hotel Information
For information on hotel reservations, please click here.
Please do not send any request for hotel information to the secretariat.

Conference venue
All meetings of the 6th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC will be held at:
The Netherlands Conference Centre
Churchillplein 10
2508 EA The Hague
The Netherlands
Tel. +31 (0)70-3224444

During the entire duration of the Conference of the Parties, the conference centre is not be open to the public. Only representatives from Parties, Observer States, observer organisations or accredited press/media will be permitted to enter the premises. Strict security measures will be enforced throughout the conference. Participants must enter the Netherlands Conference Centre through the main entrance and wear their badges visibly at all times and in all areas of the conference premises. Badges for participants and delegates are issued only on the basis of a letter of nomination from Parties, Observer States or accredited observer organisations. Press badges are issued only to press/media representatives accredited to cover the conference. Lost badges must be reported to the Registration Desk immediately.

Registration of Parties, Observer States and observer organisations: The Registration Desk will be located at the entrance of the Staten Hall of the Netherlands Conference Centre. It will be open from Friday, 10 November to Sunday 12, November, between 1.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. and from Monday, 13 November to Friday, 24 November from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Diplomatic missions in The Hague may collect their delegations╠ badges upon presentation of a corresponding letter of authorisation and identification (Diplomatic card).

Accreditation and registration of press/media:
Accreditation and registration of press/media takes place at Registration Desk by the Staten Hall entrance, Netherlands Conference Centre, between 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Monday, 13 November to Friday, 24 November. Badges for press/media representatives who have already submitted a press accreditation form will be available in advance on Friday, 10 November between 12.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.
Badges may be collected upon presentation of two forms of photo ID (passport, official national press pass, driver's license, work ID, etc.) or of a photo press pass from the United Nations in New York, Geneva, Vienna, or Nairobi.

Participants are reminded that double registration is not permitted.

Conference Services
Climate Change Kiosk:
Located in the main foyer, the Climate Change Kiosk's primary goal is to provide information about climate change and the secretariat. The material available at the Kiosk includes the texts of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol in the six official languages of the United Nations, as well as other public information materials. Furthermore, it includes display panels, computers with Internet connections and a small area where participants can drop off a video, document or CD-ROM, which they would like to exhibit.

Cloak room:
You may use the cloakroom located on the right side in the main foyer at no cost.

Conference Information Desk:
The Information Desk located in the main foyer of the Netherlands Conference Centre provides general information about the meetings and the venue. It also distributes a folder containing a map of the building and the booklet "Information for Participants", which lists available services with their exact location within the Netherlands Conference Centre, as well as their opening hours and contact numbers.

Cyber Caf╗:
Participants can access their electronic mail accounts using the computer terminals in the Cyber Caf╗s located in the Vermeer lounge and the Karel Appel foyer.

Documents Distribution Counter:
The Documents Distribution Counter, located in the passage between the conference centre's main foyer and Staten Hall, has copies of all official documents, including the Daily Programme of scheduled meetings and the list of participants. In addition, UNFCCC documents are available on the Documents Section and by e-mail upon request from the secretariat.

Funding for Delegates:
Delegates from Parties eligible for funding may collect their daily subsistence allowance (DSA) from the Administration office located on the first floor between the Frans Hals Hall and the Maris Hall.
Delegates are kindly requested to present their passports or other official identification (photo ID), tickets and boarding pass stubs to the travel officer when claiming DSA.

IT service centre:
Participants can have colour copies, prints, photographs scanned, overhead sheets produced etc. at the IT service centre located in Ruysdael room 2. COP6 staff will operate these services.

Meeting Room Reservation Desk:
Participants wishing to reserve meeting rooms should contact the meeting room reservation desk, located on the right side of the Information Desk.

Services for NGOs:
Offices for environmental groups, business and industry organisations, as well as for local NGOs are located in the Paulus Potter hall on the underground level of the Netherlands Conference Centre. The offices are equipped with PC workstations and printers.

Participants' Computer Centre:
Participants wishing to access the world Ďwide web may do so at the computer centre located in the Ruysdael-foyer on the second floor of the main building. The centre is equipped with 150 computers as well as network printers. Each PC has an Internet connection and is installed with commonly used software (MS-Office, WordPerfect, and Internet browsers). Due to the large number of people who may want to use the facilities, participants are kindly requested to be considerate and limit the time spent using the computers.

Participants' Telecom Centre:
A Telecom centre with 48 communication-workplaces is located in Ruysdael rooms 3 and 4 on the second floor of the main building. The 24 workplaces in Ruysdael room 3 all have an analog-RJ45 modem-connection and a 220V power-outlet. In Ruysdael room 4, there are 18 workplaces with analogue modem connection and 6 workplaces with digital modem-connection. All workplaces have 220V power outlets. There are 14 telephones and 4 fax machines with international access distributed between the two rooms. In each of the two rooms, one medium-size copier is located. Telephones, fax machines and copiers can be used free of charge. However, participants are kindly requested to limit their use of these facilities.

Pigeon holes:
Delegates who wish to leave messages for other participants are requested to use the pigeon holes located at the Document Distribution Counter located in the passages between the conference centre's main foyer and Staten Hall.

Press/Media Services
International Media Centre:
The International Media Centre (IMC) in Staten Hall at the conference centre offers various services to accredited members of the press. The IMC opens on Sunday, 12 November, at 10.00 a.m. with limited services. As of Monday, 13 November, 6.00 a.m., the IMC will be fully operational. On 24 November, writing press facilities will close two hours and TV/radio facilities will close four hours after the close of the conference. For more information on the Press Services, click here.

General services
The ING Bank is located at the entrance of the main foyer provides banking services from 13 to 24 November.

Shiatsu massage:
Massage will be available for participants at a fee, next to the Information desk. Each session lasts 20 minutes and concentrates on pressure points on the back, neck and shoulders. No oil is used and is administered while the person is fully clothed and seated on a chair.

Professional reflexologists will be available during the entire conference. Half hour sessions will be offered daily, from 10.00 a.m. till 9.00 p.m. at a fee. Please contact the Information Desk for further information.

Hotel/flight information desk:
Participants seeking hotel and flight information are requested to contact the Hotel/flight information desk located at the entrance of the main foyer.

In the Jan Steen Hall on the underground level of the Netherlands Conference Centre, there is a restaurant where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are also refreshment counters spread out in the Netherlands Conference Centre where you can buy snacks, sandwiches and salads. Opposite the Document Distribution counter you will find a small 24-hour restaurant.

Smoking area:
The Netherlands Congress Centre is a non-smoking area, except in designated areas.

Transport desk
Public Transport:
A special pass, valid for the whole duration of the conference, is available for participants. This pass will allow free use of local transportation. The pass can be obtained at the Transportation Desk at the entrance of the main foyer in the Netherlands Conference Centre. A map of The Hague, with information about all the transportation routes and tram- and bus lines will be provided. Shuttle services to hotels not served by the public transportation will be available in the morning and evening.

Two hundred bicycles will be available for use by participants during the conference. Reservations should be made at the transportation desk.

Taxis can be ordered at the Transportation Desk at the entrance of the main foyer in the Netherlands Conference Centre.

The Hague Information Desk:
This service is located next to the Conference Information Desk and provides general information about the city of The Hague, cultural events and the possibility of booking the Daily tours.

Further services
For details regarding these services, please see the booklet "Information for Participants" available at the Conference Information Desk.

Additional Services
Please refer to the booklet "Information for Participants" available at the Conference Information Desk for details of additional services offered.

Special Film Screenings
Opening film:

The straw that breaks the camel's back?

The Government of the Netherlands has produced this IMAX film to highlight the critical issues under discussion and their potential impacts on societies across the world, before Parties being their work at COP 6.

IMAX films use the world╠s largest film format that is 10 times the size of conventional films. It is projected on a giant screen, which extends beyond peripheral vision and gives the viewer the sense of being right in the action. It is indeed a memorable experience!

This IMAX film will be premiered at the opening of COP 6 on Monday 13 November, by invitation only. The film will be shown two times per day, 9.30 a.m. and 10.00 a.m, from Tuesday, 14 November, including the weekend, at the Omniversum movie theatre, located within walking distance of the conference centre.

Admission is free on presentation of your COP 6 badge. Please note that the theatre only seats 300 people and therefore admission will be on a first come, first served basis.

Accompanying film programme
Films on environmental issues will be shown daily between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Karel Appel Hall on the underground level of the conference centre. The films, which are of a documentary, non-commercial nature, are open to all participants, including representatives of the press/media. More detailed information about the programme can be found in the information package available at the Netherlands Conference Centre and at the Karel Appel Hall. Also, the programme is added to the daily programme section.

Other Events
The ClimateTech2000 Pavilion will be open from the 16 - 22 November in a building adjacent to the conference centre. The exhibition will showcase cutting-edge climate-friendly technologies (including renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, and other mitigation technologies), related services and environmental policies and programmes.

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