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Number of Applications for Side Events Underscores Huge Interest in COP23

The next major UN Climate Change Conference (COP23, 6 to 17 November in Bonn, Germany) is attracting a huge level of interest, if the number of side events applications is any measure.

By the end of last week’s deadline for official side events, more than 830 applications had been made—many more than COP22 and more than can be physically accommodated at the upcoming conference on the banks of the River Rhine.

The organizations that have applied for side events include representatives of business and industry, environmental groups, farmers, indigenous peoples, local governments, research institutions, trade unions; along with women, gender and youth groups.

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said: “There is clearly world-wide excitement, enthusiasm and interest in attending the conference—COP23—with official organizations keen to showcase their climate action, share ideas and contribute to rapid movement forward. This underlines the significant support for the Paris Climate Change Agreement and its implementation and we thank all those who have applied”.

“Clearly it has also left the UN climate convention side events team with some tough decisions to make to try and accommodate as many official side events as is possible. Given the imperative of meeting safety requirements and the physical space available, not everyone who has applied can be given the green light. We will however endeavor to be as creative and sensitive as possible in the selection”, she said.

The many official side events and exhibits by Parties (governments), non-Party stakeholders and the UNFCCC secretariat at COP23 will take place in the “Bonn Zone”, making it a major hub for showcasing climate action, knowledge-sharing, capacity-building and networking. The final decisions on official side events will be taken early September. In addition, interested groups can register for COP23 cultural events in the city of Bonn.

The secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is hosting COP 23, in close collaboration with the Government of Fiji, who will serve as the President of the meeting and will provide the political leadership to move forward international cooperation on climate change.

The Government of Germany, as the host country of the secretariat, along with the City of Bonn and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, are providing valuable political and budgetary support to the organization of this major international event, which is expected to attract more than 20,000 people.

Delegates wishing to attend the November UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn are encouraged to make bookings for hotels and other forms of accommodation as soon as possible. Comprehensive information on COP23, including on accommodation and other logistics, can be found in the new UNFCCC COP23 Info Hub.