Side Events and Exhibits at COP 25

This page provides information on side events and exhibits during the Santiago Climate Change Conference, December 2019 (COP 25).

 

Registration

The registration period for side events and exhibits at COP 25 is provisionally scheduled to commence in mid to late August 2019. A notification will be sent to DCPs to announce once the registration portal is open. During the registration period, applicants will be able to submit their applications via the Side Events and Exhibits Online Registration System (SEORS)

 

Webcast

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

 

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, official 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. The secretariat is currently in the process of exploring new ways to enhance the effectiveness of exhibitor engagement at UNFCCC conferences. Further information on the exhibit process and format at COP 25 will be provided in due course. 

 

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 available for viewing at the Climate Action Studio YouTube channel.