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Poznań Climate Change Conference - December 2008

Poznań Climate Change Conference - December 2008

Information for members of the press

  • Note to correspondents

    Note to correspondents No. 1
    pdf-icon Media arrangements (67 kB)

    Note to correspondents No. 2
    pdf-icon 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 initial funding.

    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.

    pdf-icon Fact sheet Poznań - COP 14/CMP 4 (136 kB)

    Further fact sheets

    Press ConferencesTop

    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)
    Regular press briefings will be held by the United Nations, national delegations, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations representing environmental and business interest groups.

    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 session.

    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

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    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 Ministry.


    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.

    Please 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 accordingly.


    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 Secretary
    Week 1 1 Dec Opening ceremony and start of the sessions-details to be confirmed.

    1-6 Dec
    Meetings of negotiating bodies and working groups
    Week 2

    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 pdf-icon 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

    Press accreditation
    Veronika Crowe-Mayerhofer Tel: +48 723 979 494
    Sebastian Lauer Tel: +48 723 979 496

    UNFCCC Media Coordinator
    Axel Wuestenhagen
    Tel: +48 723 979 489

    Conference Spokesman
    Eric Hall
    Tel: +48 723 979 497

    Media Liaison
    John Hay
    Tel: +48 723 979 498

    UNFCCC Interview Requests (Executive Secretary)
    Carrie Assheuer
    Tel: +48 723 979 703

    Online services
    Alexander Saier
    Tel: +48 723 976 387

    Press Conference Room booking
    Annetta Dunn
    Tel: +48 723 979 493

    Media Information Counter
    Elke Hoekstra
    Tel: +48 723 979 492

    Media Training Workshop
    Lucy Waruingi
    Tel.: +48 723 979 705

Media facilities

For full details on facilities provided for the media see:
Media Centre
International Broadcast Centre What can be covered

Contact us

Press/media inquiries only:
Tel: (+49-228) 815-1005
Fax: (+49-228) 815-1999

Arrange interviews

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

All non media-related inquiries to be addressed to:

UNFCCC Media Training Workshop