Note to correspondents
Note to correspondents No. 1
Note to correspondents No. 2
Media Arrangements for
High-level Segment (52 kB)
Why is Poznan important?Top
Poznan is an important half-way mark in the two-year negotiating process to reach a post-2012 climate
change deal in Copenhagen in 2009.
Countries have agreed that in Copenhagen, an ambitious climate change deal will be clinched to follow
the first phase of the UN's Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. At Poznań, Parties to the
UNFCCC will take stock of progress made in 2008 and map out in detail what needs to happen in 2009 to
get to that agreement. Delegates – including Ministers – will discuss their vision for
long-term cooperative action on climate change, including a long-term emission reduction goal. The
issue of technology will also be high on the agenda, and the conference will deal in depth with the
issue of risk management and risk reduction strategies. Parties are also expected to put the finishing
touches in Poznań to the Kyoto Protocol's Adaptation Fund so that is it ready to roll out
concrete projects in 2009. Some governments are likely to make voluntary contributions to provide for
Poznan is significant because it will be the first time that a real negotiating text for a successor
pact to the Kyoto Protocol will be on the table.
sheet Poznań - COP 14/CMP 4 (136 kB)
Further fact sheets
All press conferences are announced in the
latest meetings schedule.
To book a press conference, please send your request by e-mail.
Venue: Press Conference Room (Pavilion 8A, 1st floor)
press briefings will be held by the United Nations, national delegations, intergovernmental
organizations and non-governmental organizations representing environmental and business interest
Briefings will normally be limited to 30 minutes. Space in the Press Conference Room is limited and
journalists are advised to arrive early. Check the CCTV on location for updates of the schedule.
Daily UNFCCC Briefings: Yvo de Boer will give daily lunchtime briefings on scheduled working
days in the Press Conference Room starting with a pre-conference briefing on Sunday 30
November. A video and text summary will be posted daily on the Poznań meetings page.
1 December: A press conference by the newly elected President of COP14/CMP4 and the
UNFCCC Executive Secretary will take place on the opening day following the closure of the morning
10-11 December: A larger number of briefings is expected when Ministers arrive for the
high-level segment of the Conference (10-11 December).
Bona fide representatives of the national and international media can apply for accreditation to the
United Nations Climate Change Conference - Poznań 2008. Only one accreditation is required and
will cover participation in all sessions. Bloggers employed by bona fide publications can apply for
accreditation as journalists.
For information on completing the accreditation process, please visit the press and media accreditation section
Note: Individuals applying for accreditation must submit proof that they are media professionals and
represent bona fide media organizations. Media accreditation is not accorded to the information outlets
of non-governmental organizations. Applicants can check the status of their requests online by
utilizing the URL and PIN code received when the online form is submitted.
All foreign participants entering the Republic of Poland must have a valid passport. Participants
requiring a visa for Poland, or a transit visa for their journey to/from Poland, are strongly
encouraged to contact the appropriate consular authorities immediately. The issuance of a visa for the
Schengen States may take up to two weeks from the date of submission of the visa application. For more
information, please visit the website of the Polish Foreign
The Government of Poland would like to inform participants that it has contracted the World Trade Center Poznań to assist participants
with their hotel accommodation for the sessions.
contact the WTC directly to book their accommodation. Information on accommodation procedures.
In addition to the services being offered by the WTC, other hotels and accommodation facilities are
also available in Poznań and its vicinity. Participants may therefore wish to make their own
reservations independently. Participants who prefer this option are requested to inform the WTC
The United Nations and the UNFCCC 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 this context, participants are strongly recommended to obtain international medical
insurance for the period of participation.
Programme 30 November-12 December
30 November Pre-session press briefing by Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive
1 Dec Opening ceremony and start of the sessions-details to be confirmed.
1-6 Dec Meetings of negotiating bodies and working groups
8 Dec No negotiating sessions due to observation of Festival of Eid al-Adha
(shifted from 9 December)
9 Dec Main media training day
9-12 Dec Meetings of negotiating bodies and working groups
11-12 Dec High-level segment - Heads of State and UN Secretary-General
(All plenary sessions and workshops are open to the press)
For full programme timetable see Overview
schedule (188 kB) . For explanation of acronyms see glossary.
In addition, there will be a Trade Ministers Meeting in Warsaw from 27-28 November and a
Finance Ministers Meeting in Warsaw from 9-10 December.
UNFCCC Communications Team in Poznań
Veronika Crowe-Mayerhofer Tel: +48 723 979 494
Sebastian Lauer Tel: +48 723 979 496
UNFCCC Media Coordinator
Tel: +48 723 979 489
Tel: +48 723 979 497
Tel: +48 723 979 498
UNFCCC Interview Requests (Executive Secretary)
Tel: +48 723 979 703
Tel: +48 723 976 387
Press Conference Room booking
Tel: +48 723 979 493
Media Information Counter
Tel: +48 723 979 492
Media Training Workshop
Tel.: +48 723 979 705