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Media accreditation for COP 21: the deadline and cut off date for receiving applications was Monday, 9 November

Important notice regarding media accreditation for COP 21:

STATUS OF ACCREDITATION                      
Paris Le Bourget, 20 November 2015

The UNFCCC secretariat is fully aware that numerous media have submitted applications for accreditation that have not been approved and this message is to explain how the situation is being addressed.
Firstly, this situation has arisen due to overwhelming interest from the global press and media that is unprecedented compared to any previous COP.
Whilst the UNFCCC secretariat and the French Government welcome this interest, it must be taken into account that the total number of approved accreditations is now at the maximum level in relation to the physical capacity of the media facilities and taking into account other participants, fire and security regulations.  The media facilities in particular cannot accommodate more than 3,000 media and nearly double this figure have applied for accreditation! 

The accreditation system for applications will not be reopened.
The UNFCCC secretariat and the French Government are approaching this problem with a view to giving a fair distribution of the positions available to all countries around the world which have shown interest.
To this end, those who have already applied will be given a ceiling with regards to numbers of those who can attend on behalf of their organisations.  It is understood that this will be inconvenient, but it is hoped that consideration will be given to this request to enable a window to open for other media to attend.
Media who are affected by this process will be contacted individually on Friday, 20 November 2015.  Those applications which are still pending will be contacted on Saturday, 21 November 2015.
The UNFCCC secretariat and the French Government are fully aware that many will be disappointed due to this exceptional situation, but strongly request that the above is accepted.
Online accreditation is the ONLY official channel to obtain registration for the media. The secretariat will not accept accreditations via any other channel.

Online media accreditation and registration system
Accreditation online is the only official channel to obtain registration for UNFCCC conferences. 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.

Eligibility for press accreditation

Media accreditation for UNFCCC conferences is strictly reserved for members of the press (print, photo, radio, TV, 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 on climate change.

No double accreditation is allowed (e.g. as press and delegate, or as press and NGO).

Requests for accreditation can be denied if applicants cannot establish they are professional journalists, or if the applications are incomplete. Applicants can check the status of their requests online by utilizing the login information received when the profile is created.

The UNFCCC secretariat must be satisfied that the individuals applying for accreditation are bona fide media professionals and represent bona fide media organizations. Accreditation will only be given on proof of a track record of reporting for media organizations on international affairs. Media accreditation is not accorded to the information outlets of non-governmental organizations. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.


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, you will be contacted.

 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 (177 kB)

pdf-icon FAQ acreditación de la prensa (192 kB)

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