Side Events and Exhibits at COP 24

Side events and exhibits at COP 24

This page provides information on side events and exhibits during the Katowice Climate Change Conference, December 2018 (COP 24).

The COP 24 side events and exhibits schedules are now publicly available via the following links: COP 24 Side Events , COP 24 Exhibits

The application period for COP 24 side events and exhibits concluded on 31 August 2018, 17:00 (CEST). All applicants have been notified of the status of their application on SEORS


The Side Event Organizer's Handbook can be found via the following link.

The Exhibitor's Handbook can be found via the following link.

Thematic Days

The list of thematic days within the COP 24 side events schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday 4 December - Research into Practice Day
  • Wednesday 5 December - Farmers Day
  • Thursday 6 December Business and Industry Day
  • Friday 07 December Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Monday 10 December Ambition and Just Transition Day


Official side events

Official side events are a platform for admitted observer organizations, which have limited speaking opportunities in the formal negotiations, to engage with Parties and other participants for knowledge sharing, capacity building, networking and exploring actionable options for meeting the climate challenge.

UN agencies, admitted observer organizations and those Parties that partner with observers present their work or foster discussions on key issues, often engaging the audience in a Q&A session.

As introduced after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the official side events and Mini side events are organized under the common theme “Accelerating implementation of the Paris Agreement“ and will be categorized under the three categories:

1. Enhancing ambition:
pre-2020 action; any issues that help increase ambition.
2. Promoting implementation:
methodologies, showcasing of climate action, global stocktake, etc.
3. Providing support to developing countries:
means of implementation, replicable tools and approaches.

Each side event is categorized in line with its main focus and color-coded accordingly on the side events web schedule.

Official exhibits

Exhibits serve as a platform for observer organizations and Parties to highlight diverse climate change issues at UNFCCC conferences and provide a meeting point for participants. They cover a wide variety of topics and are loosely clustered by thematic groups.

Outside events

Besides the official side events and other events coordinated by the UNFCCC secretariat, Parties and observer organizations organize their own events relating to the climate change negotiation process outside the conference premises. Information on such events and activities is announced below on a request basis.

Climate Action Studio

The Climate Action Studio is a platform for showcasing action of non-Party stakeholders in the climate change process. The studio operates during COPs and subsidiary body sessions by invitation, providing a space to highlight that action through interviews with nominated Parties and observers admitted to the UNFCCC process around specific themes linked to the negotiation process. The interviews are edited and then shared through the Climate Action Studio YouTube channel.