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Media accreditation for the Bonn Climate Change Conference - November 2017 (COP 23) is open. 

The conference will take place from 6 to 17 November 2017 at the World Conference Center Bonn, Germany.

Press badges issued at previous UNFCCC meetings do not remain valid. Members of the press must be accredited for each meeting. A new letter of assignment and copy of press card (or other materials in lieu of a press card) are required.
Online accreditation is the ONLY official channel to obtain registration for the media. The secretariat is not in a position to accept accreditations via any other channel (e-mail, fax, post, etc). Please note the important information below:

The accreditation system for COP 23 is open as of Friday, 19 May 2017 and the deadline for applications is 31 August 2017
  • Follow the steps below to apply for media accreditation (make sure that you choose COP 23 as the current meeting)
  • We will accept applications for media accreditation until the deadline of 31 August 2017
  • Applications will then be reviewed and applicants will be notified of the status of their application as of 22 September 2017
How to apply for media accreditation
1. Go to the Online Registration System
2. Look on the top left corner for options to either login or create an account.
3. If you already have an account, log in with your e-mail address and password.
4. In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, select “COP 23” as the current meeting.
5. Upload the required documentation and click on "Submit application"
Only completed applications will be considered.  Delays could occur if the request does not have the required documents (copy of press card, letter of assignment) or is not submitted.

Once the request is approved, a confirmation will be sent to the e-mail address on file in the online account. You need to come in person to collect your media pass.

Please note that applying for accreditation does not guarantee registration to COP 23. The secretariat may, at any time and for safety and security reasons, put measures in place to manage the number of accredited media who are able to attend the conference. 

Accreditation is required for all media who wish to cover UNFCCC meetings. 

Media accreditation is strictly reserved for media professionals (print, photo, radio, television, film, news agencies and online media) who represent a bona fide media organization [formally registered as a media organization in a country recognized by the United Nations General Assembly].

Accreditation will only be given on proof of a track record of reporting for media organizations. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. The UNFCCC secretariat reserves the right to deny or withdraw accreditation of journalists from media organizations whose activities run counter to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, or who abuse the privileges so extended or put the accreditation to improper use or act in a way not consistent with the principles of the Organization.

Media must apply for accreditation through the online media accreditation system. Accreditation online is the only official channel to obtain registration for the media. The secretariat is not able to process nominations sent by any other method, such as e-mails, letters or faxes. Any accreditation materials not sent through the online system will not be processed.


Guide to the online media accreditation system


How it works

 1.  What information do I need before I start?

 In order to complete the process you will need the information detailed below. All information must be as it appears in the passport or other official photo identification document which the participant intends to present at the registration desk.

  •   Complete name as it appears on official photo identification
  •   Date of birth
  •   Nationality
  •   Passport or other photo identification number (drivers license, etc.)
  •   Email address

2.  How do I create an account?

Go to UNFCCC Online Registration to request account creation. Once you request account creation, you will receive an e-mail with the confirmation link.

Please follow the link and finish the account creation procedure. You will receive another e-mail with your login name, password and further instructions. The online system recognizes only valid e-mail addresses.

3.  What else do I need to do?

 Accreditation requests must be supported by the following documents:

  • Letter of assignment on official letterhead of a media organization signed by the Publisher or Editor-in-chief indicating the name of the media representative and duration of assignment.
  • Copy of a valid press card.  In the absence of a press card, you may submit additional materials, in line with the UN criteria.  Please refer to the system or the online FAQs for more information.

Materials are scanned into a graphics format (.pdf .gif .jpg .tif) and uploaded into the system.  There is a file size limit of 4 MB.  This replaces the previous system of submitting accreditation documents via e-mail.  The secretariat will not accept materials sent separately by e-mail.

If there are any problems with your application, or additional information is needed, your profile will be updated.  Please check your profile regularly for updates.

 4.  How long does it take to get accredited?

 Every effort will be made to issue the accreditation as soon as possible. However, it may take 3 to 5 working days to obtain confirmation of your accreditation.

Please check the status of your application online, in the personal profile that you created.  Do not call the press office for updates on your accreditation.

 5.  My accreditation was approved, now what?

Once you have received confirmation of your accreditation, you will be registered for the conference.  Print out the Registration Acknowledgment Form and bring it with you to the conference.

You may collect your badge on-site at the registration desk at the conference venue.  Registration usually opens the weekend before the meeting starts. 

Your photo will be taken at the registration station; it is not necessary to send a photo in advance.  You must present the same valid photo ID as used in your profile.


The names and information entered are for purposes of identification and verification only.  Required information is used for accreditation and statistical purposes and will not be published for general access. This information will be retained in the system for use at future sessions, unless a written request to remove it is received from the media concerned.  

Letters of assignment and copies of press cards are not retained.  For each meeting a new letter of assignment must be submitted and copy of a valid press card, if it has expired since the last meeting.

Press/Media Accreditation FAQs

Find quick answers to (PDF) frequently asked questions about accreditation (76 kB)

pdf-icon FAQ sur l’accréditation des médias auprès de la CCNUCC (282 kB)

pdf-icon FAQ acreditación de la prensa (307 kB)

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