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).

New!: Webcast

All side events will be live webcast and available to view on demand at the side events webcast page.

The COP 24 SEORS session has now been archived. The COP 24 side events and exhibits schedules can be viewed on the SEORS archive page.

New: Presidency events.


New!: #ActOnTheGAP Action List

As a pilot for COP24 the UNFCCC secretariat is pleased to introduce #ActOnTheGAP Action List to encourage equal participation in climate talks.

COP24 side event organizers were invited to commit to achieving gender-balance in their panels.

The #ActOnTheGAP Action List showcases those side events where gender-balance among panellists was achieved and will be updated daily from 3 to 14 December 2018.


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

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

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

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.

New: Information on the Global Climate Action Events at COP 24 is now available at the following links:

New: Pavilion events.


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.

ONE DAY EVENT: Ashoka and the Schneider Electric Foundation

Tackle fuel poverty - Agenda

Date: Monday 10 December | Time: 11.30 – 20.00 | Venue: City of Gardens, Korez Theatre, plac Sejmu Śląskiego 2, Katowice.

UTOPIA EcoContainers: Utopia International

Events, installations and animations in two EcoContainers - Agenda

Date: 3 – 14 December | Venue: University of Silesia, Bankowa 12, 40-007 Katowice (in front of the ATM)

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.