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Side events and exhibits at the UN Climate Change Conference April 2018 (SB 48)

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Official side events

Official exhibits

Practical information and application process

The Side Events and Exhibits Online Registration System (SEORS) closed for applications on Thursday, 15 March 2018.

Official side events

Official side events are a platform for admitted observer organizations, which have limited speaking opportunities in the formal negotiations, to engage with Parties and other participants for knowledge sharing, capacity building, networking and exploring actionable options for meeting the climate challenge.

UN agencies, admitted observer organizations and those Parties that partner with observers present their work or foster discussions on key issues, often engaging the audience in a Q&A session.

As introduced after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the official side events and Mini side events are organized under the common theme “Accelerating implementation of the Paris Agreement“ and will be categorized under the three categories:

1. Enhancing ambition:
pre-2020 action; any issues that help increase ambition.
2. Promoting implementation:
methodologies, showcasing of climate action, global stocktake, etc.
3. Providing support to developing countries:
means of implementation, replicable tools and approaches.

Each side event will thus be categorized in line with its main focus and color-coded accordingly on the side events web schedule.

Official exhibits

Exhibits serve as a platform for observer organizations and Parties to highlight diverse climate change issues at UNFCCC conferences and provide a meeting point for participants. They cover a wide variety of topics and are loosely clustered by thematic groups.

Practical information and application process

Side event and exhibit slots are offered free of charge.

Venue and location
All official side events and exhibits will take place within the conference venue at the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB).

Access to side events and exhibit area
All speakers and participants who wish to take part in a side event or visit an exhibit must be in possession of a conference badge for SB 48, i.e. duly registered as representative of a Party or observer organization, in order to access side events. Additional registration to attend a side event is not necessary. Please find further information on registering for the conference here.

Organizing official side events and exhibits

Applications for side events and exhibits can only be received through the Side Events and Exhibits Online Registration System (SEORS) during the respective application period. Please see the links below for deadlines and further information.

SEORS pdf-icon SEORS user manual pdf-icon FAQs

Contact Side events and exhibits team

For any questions regarding the official side events and exhibits, please contact