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Media Centre
 

The media centre will be located at Pavilion 8A of the Poznań  International Fair.

The Centre will comprise, on the ground floor, the print press area, the International Broadcasting Centre and the media coordination offices of the Secretariat and the Host Government. The press conference room and other meeting rooms will be located on the first floor.

Media Coordination

Enquiries on technical and logistical arrangements to assist accredited media representatives at the Conference, including the reservation of work cubicles in the International Broadcasting Centre, can be addressed to Mr. Axel Wüstenhagen, Media Coordinator, Tel: (+43 1) 879 8684, mobile: (+43) 6991 1672 1919, Email: awuestenhagen@aon.at

Media enquiries relating to the host country can be addressed to Ms. Magda Sikorska, Host Government Media Liaison Officer for COP 14, Tel: (+48 22) 579 2722, mobile: (+48)  695 100 978, Email: magda.sikorska@cop14.gov.pl

Print Press Area

The print press area will be available from Sunday, 30 November, 3:00 pm until the end of the Conference (12 December). It will be open 24/7, with limited services between 9:00 pm and 8:00 am.

The print press area offers a total of 260 work spaces. Seats at the desks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the large number of accredited journalists, no reservation can be made for individual press representatives. All desks have electricity supply.  Some 50 desks will have computers providing access to the Internet and to printers, and some 50 desks will be equipped with “plug&play” facilities. While wireless Internet access is provided in the whole Media Centre, it only provides for surfing the web and sending emails, but not for uploading larger files or radio broadcasting.

Proceedings in Plenary 1, Plenary 2 and in the press conferences can be followed on monitors. One CCTV screen will show the programme of the day including press conferences and other events. Headphones are available in the print press area upon request.

At the entrance to the print press area, a Media Information Desk will offer a selection of Conference documents as well as the Daily Programme, UNFCCC press releases and publications and the texts of speeches as provided by delegations. Official documents can also be accessed via the Internet at terminals in the print press area.

There will also be six work cubicles for international and national news agencies in that area.



International Broadcasting Centre
 

An International Broadcasting Centre is established to serve television and radio broadcasters. The facility will be operated by TVP, the host broadcaster of the Conference, who will  - in cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union  (EBU) - provide live video and audio pool feeds and editing facilities. TVP will also operate a modest radio studio and provide satellite uplinks.
Some 30 work cubicles will be available where television and radio broadcasters will receive live video and audio feeds from Plenaries 1 and 2 and from the  press conference room. Audio feeds will be in English and in the original/floor language. Work cubicles in the International Broadcast Centre will be assigned upon request on a first-come, first-served basis.

Space in the International Broadcast Centre is extremely limited. Please submit your request by e-mail.

In addition, an open lounge will provide some 15 drops with live video and audio feeds from the three venues for use by broadcasters on a first-come, first-served basis.



What can be covered
 

General Rules for Media Coverage

Visual media are permitted to film, record interviews and take photos in all public areas of the conference site in the Poznań International Fair unless otherwise restricted for security reasons. Generally, all open meetings of the Conference are accessible to the print media, subject to the availability of sufficient space. Access by visual media is restricted and will be coordinated by the UNFCCC Television/Radio Coordination Officer. No access will be granted to any media representatives to closed meetings of the Conference or to office areas.

Opening of the Conference

On Monday, 1 December 2008, at 10:00 am, the Conference will be formally opened in the Plenary Hall. It will hear statements by the outgoing COP 13 President, the newly elected President of COP14/CMP4, representatives of the host Government and the UNFCCC Executive Secretary.

Prior to and during the opening, television crews and stills photographers will have a brief photo opportunity. Once the conference is declared open, television and radio broadcasters will receive live pool feeds from the opening, and all following plenary sessions, in their respective work cubicles in the International Broadcasting Centre, from the host broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP).

Similar arrangements will be made for the opening of the high-level segment of the Conference on Wednesday, 10 December 2008.

A limited number of seats are available in the Plenary Hall for print media and news agencies. They can be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Correspondents who cannot be seated in Plenary 1 will be able to follow the proceedings on closed-circuit television (CCTV) monitors throughout the Conference site and in the print press area.

Television Coverage

Pool coverage of the proceedings in Plenaries 1 and 2 and from press conferences is being provided by TVP.  This coverage is available for local and overseas television and radio broadcasters free of charge (copyright-free).

Due to practical considerations, it is generally not possible for individual television crews to record proceedings in Plenaries 1 and 2. There are, however, limited possibilities throughout the Conference and, in particular, during the high-level segment, for individual television crews to record plenary statements by the representative of their home country. Arrangements for unilateral coverage should be made with the UNFCCC TV/Radio Coordination Officer.

Television crews are invited to record their own coverage of press conferences in the press conference room (Pavilion 8A, 1st floor). An audio feed will be available from XLR distribution units to television and radio journalists on a first-come, first-served basis.

Live stand-up positions will be available from the host broadcaster of the Conference.

Online Coverage/Syndication

UNFCCC offers a special online reporting service. On a daily basis, an online video will be made available on the website summarizing the secretariat’s daily press briefing. This video can be viewed, downloaded for Podcast or editing purposes (Syndication: high-resolution version in QuickTime format). In addition, b-roll footage of the Conference will be made available for download (high-resolution version in QuickTime format).

Radio Coverage

Audio feeds in English and in the original/floor language are available from XLR distribution units in Plenary 1, in the press area and in the press conference room. For other radio services, including the use of a small radio studio, the host broadcaster, TVP, should be contacted.

Photo Coverage

Photo opportunities will be provided for still photographers and television on the floor of Plenary 1 prior to the opening of COP14/CMP4 on 1 December 2008, as well as prior to other meetings, in particular, during the high-level segment of the Conference. Requests for non-flash photo access to the floor while the plenary meetings are in session will be dealt with on an ad hoc basis by the UNFCCC TV/Radio Coordination Officer.

 

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