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COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1.2: Information for Participants


The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference will take place from 6 to 17 November at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, the seat of the Climate Change Secretariat. The Conference will be convened under the Presidency of Fiji.

The Conference will comprise sessions of:

  • the Conference of the Parties (COP 23); 
  • the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 13); 
  • the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1.2); 
  • the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 47); 
  • the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 47); 
  • the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA).

The secretariat, as host of the Conference, is working with the Government of Germany, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the City of Bonn to make all the necessary arrangements for the Conference.

- pdf-icon Presentation on logistical preparations (1359 kB)

- Virtual tour of official conference venue

Information A-Z


Accommodation and transport

Access to the conference venue

Call for partnerships


Climate neutrality and sustainability of the conference

Click pdf-icon here (96 kB) for detailed information on the organization of COP 23 as a sustainable event and here for an overview of the ten sustainability focus areas.


Delegation offices and pavilions on a commercial basis

As usual, Parties and admitted observer organizations will be able to apply for delegation offices (located in the "Bula Zone") and pavilions (located in the "Bonn Zone") on a commercial basis.

Requests for renting space on a commercial basis have to be made through the website of the General Contractor for COP 23 by 9 June 2017, using the log-in details sent to you. All those without log-in details may request them by sending an email to the COP 23 Commercial Services Team at

For more information on the application procedure please click here.

Additional details are included in pdf-icon this information note to Parties.

Distribution of publications

As per past practice, participants will be requested to refrain from distributing printed material, such as publications and information related to future meetings. Please note that the secretariat strongly encourages the electronic dissemination of information, for instance through the use of USB flash drives.

pdf-icon Frequently asked questions (132 kB)

Getting around in Bonn

Health, safety and security

High-level segment


Meeting rooms

Observer organizations

The timelines for registration of delegates through the Online Registration System for COP 23 are tentatively scheduled as follows:

  • Nomination period: 15 May to 7 July 2017, midnight Central European Time;
  • Confirmation period: 14 July to 31 October 2017, midnight Central European Time.

Further information on the participation of observer organizations

Official documents

Overview map of the premises

Participation and registration

Press briefings

Side events and exhibits

COP 23 will host many side events and exhibits by Parties, non-Party stakeholders and the UNFCCC secretariat. These events and exhibits will take place in the "Bonn Zone" of the official conference venue, making it a major hub for showcasing climate action, knowledge-sharing, capacity-building and networking.

As per past practice, it is planned that the side events will be clustered around major themes, to be announced at a later stage, with specific days being dedicated to different clusters.

For more information on the application procedure please click here. Kindly note that the availability of space for side events and exhibits for entities without observer status in the UNFCCC process will be announced at a later stage. For any activity outside the official conference venue, please contact the City of Bonn (contact details will be made available in due course).

Travelling to Bonn and getting to the UN Campus and the WCCB

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A “One conference, Two zones” concept has been developed to manage the expected level of participation and events in an inclusive manner.

The “Bula Zone” will include plenary halls, meeting rooms for negotiations, delegation offices and media facilities in the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB). This will be complemented by UN Campus facilities and temporary structures built in the immediate surrounding areas.

The “Bonn Zone” will be located in the adjacent “Rheinaue Park” and will accommodate climate action events including high-level events, side events, exhibits and media activities as well as delegation pavilions. Both zones will be well-connected through regular bus lines with reinforced service. A 1.4 km connection road will be enhanced with a special shuttle service. In addition, bicycles will be available free of charge.

Virtual participation


All foreign delegates entering the Federal Republic of Germany must have a valid passport.

Participants requiring a visa should contact the appropriate consular authorities well in advance of the Conference to ensure sufficient time for processing. The issuance of a Schengen visa may take up to two weeks from the date of submission of the visa application. To facilitate the issuance of a visa, a copy of the acknowledgement letter from the Online Registration System must be attached to the visa application.

For more information, please visit the English, French or Spanish language pages of the German Federal Foreign Office and the website of the German mission where you are planning to apply for your visa.

Participants are advised that obtaining a Schengen visa is contingent on the participant securing comprehensive insurance that covers the entire period or periods requested.

Further information


Additional information on registration, the conference venue and other services will be made available on this page in due course. Please check back periodically for further updates.

Information on the conference venue, the City of Bonn and the region can be found through the links below:

World Conference Centre Bonn

City of Bonn

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