Information (A-Z) Bonn June 2019

Welcome to the United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place at the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB) in Bonn, Germany, from 17 to 27 June 2019. The conference includes the fiftieth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body (SB 50) for Implementation.

The information below will hopefully facilitate your participation and stay during the conference.

Accommodation

The local tourism board Tourismus & Congress GmbH Region Bonn, in association with the city of Bonn, provides information on regional hotels and local public transportation. Further information on how to book a hotel in Bonn is available here.

Please remember to print your hotel confirmation before arriving in Bonn, and do not forget to print out your free public transportation ticket that you will receive upon completion of the hotel reservation.

Should you have any questions regarding hotel reservations made through this link, or if you prefer personal assistance throughout the booking process, contact:

Hotel Reservation Hotline

+49 228 910 4133

Ms. Annette Isengard

Please be informed that the city of Bonn charges accommodation tax on overnight stays.

Information on tax exemption

 
Banking services

Banking services are available from Deutsche Bank in room H-034, located next to the daily subsistence allowance (DSA) office, in the Altes Abgeordnetenhochhaus building on the United Nations Campus from Tuesday, 11 June, to Friday, 14 June. As of Monday, 17 June, the bank will be located in the foyer of the main building of the WCCB. The services available include foreign currency exchange into or from euros. A Deutsche Bank cash machine (ATM) is available in the lobby of the Langer Eugen building on the United Nations Campus. Other ATMs in the vicinity of the conference venue are at the Haus der Geschichte museum (Sparkasse ATM), located at Willy-Brandt-Allee 14, and at the Post Tower (Postbank ATM), located at Platz der Deutschen Post 1. All cash machines are available during working hours.

Bank opening hours during the sessions:

Altes Abgeordnetenhochhaus Morning Afternoon
Tuesday 11 June 2019 10.00 - 12.30 13.00 - 15.00
Wednesday 12 June 2019 10.00 - 12.30 13.00 - 14.30
Thursday 13 June 2019 10.00 - 12.30 13.00 - 16.00
Friday 14 June 2019 10.00 - 12.30 closed

 

WCCB Morning Afternoon
Monday 17 June 2019 10.00 - 12.30 13.00 - 16.00
Tuesday 18 June 2019 10.00 - 12.30 13.00 - 14.30
Wednesday 19 June 2019 10.00 - 12.30 13.00 - 14.30
Thursday 20 June 2019 Public holiday Public holiday
Friday 21 June 2019 10.00 - 12.30 13.00 - 14.30
Monday 24 June 2019 10.00 - 12.30 13.00 - 16.00
Tuesday 25 June 2019 10.00 - 12.30 13.00 - 14.30
Wednesday 26 June 2019 10.00 - 12.30 13.00 - 14.30
Thursday 27 June 2019 10.00 - 12.30 13.00 - 16.00

The bank is closed for lunch each day from 12:30 to 13:00

Currency: 1 euro = approximately USD 0.891 (indicative rate on 1 April 2019)

 

Bonn tourist information

The local tourism board Tourismus & Congress GmbH Region Bonn, in association with the city of Bonn, provides at a self-service counter in the WCCB (new building), next to the UNFCCC information desk, information materials on tourist attractions in and around Bonn, as well as on local public transportation and regional hotels.

Tourist information on the city of Bonn website

For assistance on tourism-related topics, contact the Bonn tourist information office in the city centre:

Bonn-Information

Windeckstraße 1 (near Münsterplatz)

53111 Bonn

Tel: +49 228 775 000

You may wish to sign up for the city-wide bike rental service nextbike.

More information on how it works

Electricity: 220 volts, 50 Hz

European plugs with two circular metal pins are used.

Local time: GMT + 1 hour

Postal services close to the WCCB:

Post office 502 at the foot of the Post Tower

Charles-de-Gaulle-Str. 20

53113 Bonn

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sunday: CLOSED

Post office in the city centre

Münsterplatz 17

53111 Bonn

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Catering

Opening hours

Snack point near meeting room Bangkok: 7.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Snack point near Chamber Hall: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Warm lunch on Rhine level: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For suggestions on where to eat in Bonn, please pick up a copy of the “BonnJour” leaflet available at the Bonn Tourismus & Congress display in the service area on the ground floor of the main building or search the web.

Food and beverages are not permitted inside any of the meeting rooms. However, reception-style catering can be arranged in the Club Lounge. If you wish to order catering, please liaise directly with the catering company servicing the venue, Broich Premium Catering GmbH, at least one week before the catering is needed.

The organizer must coordinate with the caterer to ensure that all food and beverages are served in the Club Lounge. It is the responsibility of the organizer to ensure that the Club Lounge is left in good order for the next reception. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Code of conduct to address harassment at UNFCCC conferences

UNFCCC conferences, meetings and events should be held in a professional, respectful and harassment-free environment. Harassment in any form, including sexual harassment, will not be tolerated. All participants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and appropriate manner.

The Code of conduct contains detailed information on prohibited conduct and on complaint and investigation processes, as well as possible consequences.

If an incident of prohibited conduct occurs at the UN premises, the aggrieved person or a witness to the prohibited conduct should promptly report it [to whom?] using the following telephone number:

+49 228 9267 3999. If an incident of prohibited conduct occurs outside UN premises, it should be reported to local security authorities via the following emergency telephone number: 112.

Computer centres

The computer/laptop centres are located in the WCCB on the balcony on the second floor of the main building and on the Rhine level in the plenary building. Computers and high-speed printers are available for participants on a first come, first served basis. The computers have Internet access, word-processing and spreadsheet software.

Computer centre opening hours:

Monday, 17 June, to Thursday, 27 June: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

(except Sunday, 23 June – conference premises closed all day)

Please be considerate and allow those who are waiting to use the equipment as well. The equipment is intended for use by all participants.

One card-operated photocopying machine is located at the documents counter in the main building. Copy cards can be purchased at the information desk. In case of technical problems, please contact the staff at the information desk.

Wireless connectivity

For the best possible Internet connection on your personal device you are advised to:

  • Only select/use the PlugNPlay Wi-Fi service;
  • Disable personal hotspots/tethering;
  • Switch off your Mobile Wi-Fi (MiFi) device if you have one;
  • Avoid areas marked “Weak Wi-Fi spot”.

Ethernet cables are available at the computer centres for faster wired connectivity and in case of Wi-Fi problems.

Please report any issues to the ICT customer support staff located at the computer centres, call +49 288 815 1200 or look for support staff, who are easily identifiable by blue vests marked “ICT SUPPORT”.

Consignments

You may claim your consignments at the information desk, located on the left-hand side of the ground floor of the main building after passing through the security check. Please present all relevant shipment documents (e.g. air waybill) and information.

Opening hours of the information desk for consignments:

Sunday, 16 June: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, 17 June, to Thursday, 27 June: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To obtain the appropriate consignment label, please use the following contact points

For side events and exhibits

see@unfccc.int

For Parties and delegations

WCCB

Consulates and embassies

Please refer directly to the German Foreign Office website

Daily programme

The Daily Programme for the conference will continue to be made available in electronic form only. A PDF version will be posted each morning on this website.

 

Daily subsistence allowance disbursement and travel

Delegates from Parties eligible for funding are kindly requested to contact the daily subsistence allowance (DSA) office located in the temporary structure in the foyer of the main building of the WCCB as of Monday, 17 June. Delegates attending the pre-sessional meetings of the regional groups are invited to come to the DSA office in room H-030 in the Altes Abgeordnetenhochhaus building on the United Nations Campus from Tuesday, 11 June, to Friday, 14 June. Please bring your passport, electronic flight ticket confirmation and boarding pass(es). After receiving clearance from the DSA office, delegates can proceed to the bank to collect their DSA.

DSA office opening hours:

Altes Abgeordnetenhochhaus
Tuesday, 11 June, to Friday, 14 June: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WCCB
Monday, 17 June, to Thursday, 27 June: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

(except Saturday, 22 June, and Sunday, 23 June – closed all day)

Travel and DSA contact:
Gloria Rutahakana

Erick Prillwitz

Distribution of electronic materials at the Climate Change Resources Corner

Contact:

Mr. James Dayani

Documents

Electronic versions of official and draft documents will be made available on the UNFCCC website at https://unfccc.int/documents and on the SBSTA 50 and SBI 50 web pages. Participants are encouraged to rely on the electronic versions of documents as much as possible in order to make use of links within documents and save paper.

A tweet is sent out when a new official document or a relevant new version of a draft text is posted to the website. The Twitter account is called In-session documents; the handle is @UNFCCCDocuments.

The Negotiator app links to this Twitter feed and has an official document feed as well.

More information on how to locate documents on the UNFCCC website can be obtained from the documents counter located on the Rhine level of the main WCCB building, where one can also obtain a printed copy of an official document.

Documents counter opening hours:

Monday, 17 June, to Thursday, 27 June: 8.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

(except Sunday, 23 June – conference premises closed all day)

Engagement of observers and other non-Party stakeholders

Please find information on participation and engagement opportunities for observers and other non-Party stakeholders here.

Getting around Bonn

Discover Bonn - by sustainable transport – a city guide developed as part of the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility.

SWB easy.GO app

Information on public transport, schedules, routes and online tickets for trains and buses can be obtained with the free easy.GO app for Apple, Android or Java-based devices.

Train services

Bonn main railway station (Bonn Hauptbahnhof)

Tel: +49 180 599 6633

Bad Godesberg railway station (Bonn-Bad Godesberg Bahnhof)

Tel: +49 228 363 248

Bus services

Bus line SB60 services the 25-kilometre stretch between Cologne/Bonn Airport and Bonn’s main railway station. The journey takes about 30 minutes. At the time of writing, a one-way ticket costs EUR 7.70. The bus leaves every 30 minutes on weekdays and every 30–60 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays.

For exact timetables, visit the SWB website or call the customer service at +49 228 711 4625.

Hotel bookings made online include a pass for free local public transport, including from and to Cologne/Bonn Airport.

Individual transportation arrangements, such as car or van rentals, are strongly discouraged.

Guided tour of the Richard Kinley Gallery – “The UNFCCC Story” exhibition

In its short life, the UNFCCC process has made remarkable history and it must continue to do so in the face of the urgent climate challenge. The Gallery exists to record that history and recognize the achievements of all those who have been part of the almost 30 years of climate negotiations.

The archival exhibition “The UNFCCC Story” in the Richard Kinley Gallery in the Altes Abgeordnetenhochhaus building (at AH Entrance H-107 on the United Nations Campus) presents the history of intergovernmental climate change negotiations and the role of the United Nations Climate Change secretariat through original documents, artefacts, rare photographs and video. The exhibition is open to all participants in the SB session.

Schedule of guided tours

Two guided tours of the Gallery are offered during the SB session:

  • Wednesday, 19 June, at 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 25 June, at 10 a.m.

Additional guided tours may be arranged upon request. Please contact the Records Management Team at rm-team@unfccc.int.

The guided tours are announced in the Daily Programme and on the CCTV.

Registration for a guided tour

Please contact the Records Management Team to register for a guided tour.

Information desk

The information desk located on the ground floor of the main building provides information about meetings and venues. In addition, copy cards may be purchased here.

Information desk opening hours:

Sunday, 16 June: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, 17 June, to Thursday, 27 June: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(except Sunday, 23 June – conference premises closed all day)

Lost and found

Please contact the information desk for any lost items. For security reasons, unattended items found anywhere on the conference premises will be moved to the security office.

WCCB contact information:

Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2

53113 Bonn

+49 228 9267 - 0
email

Further information

Meeting room assignment

Meeting room requests may be submitted for a maximum duration of one hour daily per Party, regional group or observer organization (United Nations, intergovernmental organization or non-governmental organization). Rooms for side events, which are open to all participants, cannot be booked through the meeting room assignment (MRA) team.

Meeting rooms can be booked free of charge and are available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the conference, starting on Monday, 17 June.

MRA forms can be downloaded here.

Submitting requests before Monday, 17 June

Prior to the conference, filled-out forms should be sent by email, in PDF format (they must fit on one page. Confirmation e-mails will be sent out the week of 10 June, for daily meetings and requests for the first conference day only.

If you requested a meeting room via e-mail for Tuesday, 18 June or later, please go to the MRA counter, located to the right of the Information desk in the main building of the WCCB, approximately two hours before your requested meeting time (or the evening before for morning meetings) to receive confirmation of the room and time of your meeting.

Submitting requests on or after Monday, 17 June

Once the conference starts on 17 June, MRA forms will no longer be accepted by email and should instead be submitted in paper format at the MRA counter.

To receive confirmation of the room and time of your meeting, please go to the counter approximately two hours before your requested meeting time (or the evening before for morning meetings).

MRA counter opening hours and location

Monday, 17 June, to Thursday, 27 June: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m

The counter is located to the right of the Information Desk, in the main building of the WCCB.

MRA guidelines

  • Please carefully read and acknowledge the MRA guidelines on the room booking form. By signing the form, you are confirming that you have read, understood and agreed to the conditions set out in the guidelines.

Further information on conference rules and regulations is available via the following links:

 
Multimedia content

Webcasts

For the duration of the conference the webcasts of all official meetings and press conferences will be available live on the UNFCCC website with audio streams in the floor language and English. Webcasts will also be available on demand shortly after the closing of each meeting.

Mobile devices

You can use the mobile version of the UNFCCC website or the Negotiator app to:

  • Get logistical information about the conference (directories, venue maps, etc.);
  • Receive push notifications with the latest news;
  • Read the latest documents, agendas, articles and meeting information;
  • View the latest YouTube videos and photos from the conference;
  • Join the conference via Facebook or Twitter;
  • Create their personal schedule using the calendar notification feature.

Social media

Social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Flickr will allow users to participate in the conference in Bonn and view related content.

The secretariat will be posting regularly on its social media accounts, including:

Audio and video recordings

The making of audio and video recordings, including any external transmission, by participants during open or closed official meetings and in designated security zones is not permitted. The secretariat provides audio recordings of official meetings, as required by Parties, and webcasts of open plenary meetings (see above).

Office space rental

For office space rental in the conference centre please email Caroline Winterrath and Nicola Smets from Bonn Conference Center Management GmbH.

Registration

Upon first-time arrival to the venue, accredited representatives of Parties, observers and the media should proceed to the registration counter located at the entrance to the WCCB in order to complete the registration procedure before receiving a conference badge.

Badges are issued to representatives of Parties or observer organizations on the basis of a letter of nomination/confirmation from their Party or observer organization.

Press badges are issued to accredited press representatives upon presentation of a valid press card and identification document (e.g. passport). Press badges allow access to all public meetings and sessions unless otherwise indicated.

Multiple registration is not permitted (e.g. a participant may not be registered simultaneously as a nominee of a Party and of an observer organization, or simultaneously as a nominee of a Party and a press/media representative).

The registration counter will be open from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, 15 June, to Sunday, 16 June, for early collection of badges. It is highly recommended that participants take advantage of this opportunity to avoid delays on the first day of the conference.

Please contact conference officers at the registration counter regarding registration changes or queries.

Registration counter opening hours:

At United Nations Campus (for pre-sessional meetings only)

Monday, 10 June, to Friday, 14 June: 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

At WCCB

Saturday, 15 June, to Sunday, 16 June: 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, 17 June, to Thursday, 27 June: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

(except Sunday, 23 June – conference premises closed all day)

Registration contact person for Parties, observer States and observer organizations:

Eva Kulage

Registration contact person for press:

Carrie Assheuer

In the interest of sustainability, participants are encouraged to recycle the UNFCCC lanyard provided with their conference badge by keeping it and then reusing it at the next UNFCCC meeting.

Please note that access to the conference area is restricted to registered participants only. In order to comply with secretariat security requirements, participants are requested to wear their badges visibly at all times and in all areas.

Please report the loss of a badge to the registration counter immediately.

 
Security, health and safety

For medical emergencies, please see the German Red Cross staff in the emergency room in the corridor next to the information desk, on the ground floor of the main building.

On-site Red Cross

To be added in due course.

For other emergencies, please contact United Nations security staff (wearing either a United Nations uniform or an armband), contact the information desk on the ground floor of the main building, or call:

On-site Security Duty Officer

To be added in due course.

Outside conference premises, call the following numbers for assistance:

Police
Tel: 110

Fire brigade
Tel: 112

Emergency doctor / ambulance
Tel: 112

Telephone information service
Tel: 11833 (national)
Tel: 11834 (international)

Hospitals in Bonn

St. Marien Hospital
Robert-Koch-Strasse 1
53115 Bonn
Tel.: +49 228 5050

St. Petrus Hospital
Bonner Talweg 4-6
53113 Bonn
Tel.: +49 228 506 - 0
Fax: +49 228 506 - 2150
Email

St. Elisabeth Hospital
Prinz-Albert-Strasse 40
53113 Bonn
Tel.: +49 228 5080

St. Johannes Hospital
Koelnstr. 54, Zentrum
53111 Bonn
Tel: +49 228 701 0
Fax: +49 228 701314

Disclaimer: 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. It is thus strongly recommended that participants obtain international medical insurance and other appropriate insurance for their period of travel and participation.

Sustainable conference

Comprehensive information on sustainability aspects related to SB 50 is available here.

Venue Information

The conference will take place at the WCCB.

Venue maps and locations of meeting rooms

Should you require an external venue for a meeting, see venues close to the UNFCCC headquarters.

Virtual participation

To be added in due course.

Welcoming reception

A reception hosted by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and
Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the city of Bonn will take place

at WCCB, Plenary Building, in the open area in front of the Chamber Hall

on Monday, 17 June, at 7 p.m.