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Official side events

Official exhibits

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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. Side events are 90 minutes in duration. A side event slot is offered free of charge.

As introduced after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the official side events will be 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. The schedule of the side events will be posted by 31 March 2017.


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.



Climate Change Resources Corner (CCRC)

Parties and admitted observer organizations without an exhibit are welcome to display their visual electronic materials (e.g. video, slideshow) on the CCRC screens, located in the exhibits area.

To make use of this option, please send a request to see@unfccc.int.


Practical information

Venue and location
All official side events and exhibits will take place within the conference venue at the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB). Please consult the direction signs on site for the exact location of the rooms for side events and the exhibit area.

The conference venue is a non-smoking environment. Smokers are encouraged to enjoy the fresh air outside the conference halls. Food and drinks are not permitted in any of the side event rooms. All participants are kindly asked to keep the rooms in an uncluttered and clean state for subsequent meetings. Please do not change the layout of the side event rooms. Allocated times should be respected as side events often take place back-to-back.

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 46, 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

Contact Side events and exhibits team

For any questions regarding the official side events and exhibits, please contact see@unfccc.int.