Use of cameras and audio/video recording devices at UNFCCC sessions

Use of cameras and audio/video recording devices byparticipants at sessions of the United Nations Framework Convention on ClimateChange and other meetings and workshops

The takingof still photographs and making of audio or video recordings within a UnitedNations-designated conference venue is subject to the guidelines below, and,as required, other guidance or instruction as deemed necessary by the secretariatof the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariator United Nations (UN) security 1.

Taking of photographs

Photographsmay be taken by participants within the United Nations designated conferencevenue's public areas, such as lobbies and corridors, and meeting rooms providedthat such activities do not disrupt the activities or movements of participantsor the security provisions of that area.

In thecase of professional/commercial photographers accompanying a Party or observerorganization delegation, the Party or observer organization is requested to identifysuch person(s) on their delegation list, and provide information on the purposeof the photographic assignment.  Once approved by the secretariat, the professional/commercialphotographer will be assisted by UN staff  on site to complete their assignments,including an escort by UN staff or security into meeting rooms or other areasshould this be requested.  UNFCCC media accreditation provide for professional/commercialphotographers from media organizations, including any needed assistance or guidance.

Making of video and audio recordings

Video andaudio recordings by participants in public areas, such as lobbies and corridors,may be undertaken provided that such activities do not cause disruption to theactivities or movements of participants or security provisions of that area.  Thosemaking recordings should, in advance, seek the permission of those they wishto record.

The makingof audio and video recordings by Party or observer organization delegations duringopen and closed official meetings and in designated high-security zones is notpermitted.  The secretariat provides full audio and video recordings forall official open plenary meetings in audio format and webcast on the Internet.  Allwebcast recordings are available from the secretariat's website.

In thecase of professional/commercial audio, video or film producers and techniciansaccompanying a Party or an observer organization delegation is requested to identifysuch person(s) on their delegation list, and provide information on the purposeof the audio, video or film production.  Once approved by the secretariat,the professional/commercial photographer will be assisted on site by UN staffto complete their assignments, including an escort by UN staff or security intomeeting rooms or other areas should this be requested.  UNFCCC media accreditationprovide for radio and television as well as film production organizations, includingany needed assistance or guidance.


1 Theseguidelines are intended for government and observer organization delegationsand do not change or replace current policies and arrangements regarding theuse of cameras, radio or TV equipment by accredited media organizations at UNFCCCmeetings.