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Panama Climate Change Conference - October 2011

Panama Climate Change Conference - October 2011

Information for members of the press

  • Opening UNFCCC press conference

    The opening UNFCCC press conference of the UN Climate Change Conference in Panama City (1 to 7 October 2011) is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 2 October at 13:00 EST. The venue is the Centro de Convenciones ATLAPA, Avenida 5 B Sur, Panama City, room San Lorenzo. Media must have prior accreditation in order to attend.

    The briefing with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres will also be webcast live from the website, as will all other press conferences during the meeting. The video files of briefings can also be accessed on demand from the website .

    For planning purposes, please note Ms. Figueres will also give a closing press conference on Friday, 7 October at 13:15 EST.

    The deadline for accreditation for the UN Climate Change Conference in Panama pdf-icon Note for correspondants (223 kB) was Wednesday, 28 September 2011. Applications received before that date will be processed.


    Accreditation for the UN Climate Change Conference in Panama is open. The deadline for accreditation is Wednesday, 28 September 2011.

    Bona fide representatives of the national and international media can apply for accreditation to the conference. Only one accreditation is required and will cover participation in the sessions of both ad hoc working groups.

    For information on completing the accreditation process, please visit the press and media accreditation section
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    pdf-icon Frequently asked questions (274 kB) about media accreditation


    All participants are requested to register upon arrival at the desk located in the Centro de Convenciones ATLAPA, Avenida 5 B Sur, Panama City, Panama

    • A valid photo ID should be presented to the registration staff.
    • Early registration is highly recommended to avoid delays on the first day of the sessions.
    Registration times:
    • Friday, 30 September 2011, from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
    • Saturday 1 October, until Thursday, 6 October, from 8.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
    • Friday, 7 October, from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

      Double registration for the session is not permitted (i.e. observer organization representative
      and Party or State representative and/or press/media representative).


    Press badges issued at previous UNFCCC conferences do not remain valid. Members of the press must be accredited for each meeting.

    Badges are essential in order for participants to gain access to the premises. They are issued only on the basis of accreditation as a media professional representing a bona fide media organization.

    For security reasons, participants are requested to wear their badges at all times.

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    To reserve the Press Conference Room, please complete the request form and send to the UNFCCC Press Office (press (at) unfccc (dot) int

    Additional information on press conferences


    All foreigners entering Panama must have a valid passport. Participants requiring a visa for Panama, or a transit visa, are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate consular authorities as soon as the notification is received.

    pdf-icon Further information on visas
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    For more information, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


    Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements. The Government of Panama has appointed BCD Travel as the official accommodation booking agency for this event.


    Participants are strongly recommended to obtain international medical insurance for the period of participation. The United Nations and the Convention secretariat disclaim all responsibility for medical, accident and travel insurance, for compensation for death or disability, for loss of or damage to personal property and for any other costs or losses that may be incurred during travel time or the period of participation.

    In the interest of security and safety of all participants and the smooth development of the sessions, the Convention secretariat reserves the right to deny and/or restrict access to the conference premises, or to request registered participants to leave the premises. The Convention secretariat shall not be responsible for any or all expenses incurred by nominated participants who are requested to leave the premises, refused registration or access to the sessions for which they have been nominated and/or registered as participants

Press conferences

Requests for press conferences should be sent to press(at) Media must be accredited to attend the press conferences. Those journalists who cannot follow the press conferences on-site will be able to watch them via webcast.

pdf-icon Overview press conferences (46 kB) (tentative)

Media arrangements