Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Using UNFCCC materials
- Event participation
- Press and media
- Viewing content
1. Using UNFCCC materials
Do you have photos of UNFCCC events that I can use?
Photos provided on the UNFCCC flickr account may be
downloaded and used free of charge on condition that the photos are not modified and credit is given.
The Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB), an IISD service, provides third party media coverage of UNFCCC events.
Please visit their UNFCCC event archives and
then find the appropriate photo pages. Their photos are available for use, free of charge, in non-commercial
publications with appropriate citation. Their website contains instructions on usage and citation requirements.
However, if you are not sure about a particular use, please contact the Director of IISD Reporting Services for
May I use the official UNFCCC logo?
Use of the UNFCCC logo requires written authorization
from the UNFCCC secretariat. Requests to use the UNFCCC logo should be addressed to email@example.com.
Can I use the official United Nations emblem?
The official emblem of the United Nations is intended for official use and may not be used by persons or
organizations outside of the UN system without authorization of the Secretary-General. Please note that anyone
wishing to use the United Nations emblem should submit an official request in writing to the Office of Legal
Affairs, United Nations. Please visit the United Nations website
for more information.
Can I redistribute your press releases, or link to them?
You may redistribute UNFCCC press releases provided you credit UNFCCC.
Alternatively, you may link to UNFCCC press releases from your website. Please note, the UNFCCC secretariat
distributes its own press releases and does not post third party press releases on its website.
I want to get graphs and data about climate change. What is available and can I use it?
official texts, data and documents are in the public domain and may be freely downloaded, copied and printed
provided no change to the content is introduced, and the source is acknowledged. You can find graphs and data in
our background publications and the GHG data section of our website. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the
IPCC--they have posted numerous scientific charts that
can be downloaded in a variety of convenient formats.
Can you link to our organization's website?
The UNFCCC website may only link to the
websites of accredited non-governmental organizations. A list of those IGOs and NGOs can be found on our dedicated webpages. For
detailed information on the documentation needed for seeking admission as an observer organization, kindly visit
the dedicated web page.
Can I link to the UNFCCC web site or a particular document?
Anyone may link to the UNFCCC
website or a particular document. If you wish to link to a particular document, please credit the source, be it
from UNFCCC or another author. When establishing hyperlinks to our site, please use our full name "United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change"; do not use our acronym UNFCCC.
3. Event participation
Are UNFCCC meetings open to the general public?
No. Each participant must be properly accredited and registered.
Who can participate in UNFCCC meetings, and how do they accredit themselves?
different participation groups at UNFCCC meetings; these include:
Government delegate, duly nominated as part of the official delegation from one of the Parties
to the Convention and/or its Kyoto Protocol, or as a delegate from an observer State. Nominations for delegations
are received from the respective governments, usually through the National Focal Point. For sessions of the COP and CMP, official
credentials are issued by the Head of State or Government or by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Observers from admitted non-governmental or intergovernmental organizations. Nominations must be made
by the Designated Contact Points of admitted organizations using the online registration system (ORS). Please see the civil society web page for more information.
Observer from a United Nations organization or specialized agency. Nominations are received from
the respective organization.
Member of the press. Media participation at UNFCCC Conferences is subject to accreditation by
the UNFCCC secretariat. Accreditation is strictly reserved for members of the press who fully meet UN media
accreditation requirements. For more information, please visit the accreditation section.
4. Press and media
When should I accredit myself for UNFCCC meetings?
Accreditation usually opens two months
prior to the meeting. It is advisable to apply for accreditation in advance, to avoid any unnecessary delays at the
Where can I learn about press accreditation for UNFCCC meetings?
Please visit our web section on press and media accreditation (also available in French and
Please read our FAQs on press
accreditation (220 kB) for more detailed information.Can you send me a list of UNFCCC accredited media persons?
Information on media accreditation for UNFCCC meetings is for internal use only and confidential. The UNFCCC
secretariat does not distribute media lists.
I would like to stay informed about UNFCCC news and events. Can you add me to your mailing
list?5. Viewing content
If you wish to be added to the UNFCCC's media mailing list, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, when you begin the media accreditation process, you
will have an opportunity to sign up for this service.
How can I view webcasts on your site, do I need special software?
Mobile Devices (iOS, Android)
- iOS 5.0+ (iPhone), iOS 5.0+ (iPad)
- Android 4.0. Depending on the used Hardware. Not all Android devices support live video streaming.
Webcast content produced before November 2009 requires the installation of the Real Player.
How can I view documents?
Documents are available in the Adobe Portable Document Format
(PDF) and sometimes in HTML. PDF is the standard format, adopted by the United Nations, for issuing official
documents electronically. The task of updating this "digital library" is ongoing, and documents are
posted as they become available.
Which browser do I need to view the web site?
The site can be viewed with all newer versions
of all browsers. As the website uses style sheets for layout, you may have problems viewing the site in older
browsers. If you are using an older version (e.g. netscape navigator < version 5.0) please use the text version
of the site. And if you wish to view the website with a PDA or other hand-held devise, use the text version of the
Where do I find information about the United Nations in non-official languages?
language resources: Regionales
Informationszentrum der UNO and documents
Information about the UN in other non-official languages.
Where can I find information
about intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations?
Please visit our dedicated web pages for IGOs and
UNFCCC website statistics