Press accreditation and travel

Media accreditation is reserved for journalists who represent a bona fide media organization formally registered as a media organization in a country recognized by the United Nations General Assembly.

The deadline and cut-off date for receiving applications was on Monday, 9 November.

Should you have technical problems or questions please contact by email at


The deadline and cut-off date for receiving applications was on Monday, 9 November.

Should you have technical problems or questions please contact by email at

From 28 November 2015, entry to the Press Centre of the Conference Centre (“blue zone”) will be restricted to holders of a UNFCCC accreditation badge.

Accreditation badges can be collected by participants individually at the Paris-Le Bourget site, before the Conference from 22 November from 08:00 to 20:00. From 1 December 2015, the registration desk will be open from 08:00 to 20:00.

PLEASE NOTE: To avoid all congestion, it may be that the registration area will be closed on Monday, 30 November 2015. Consequently, all those attending the Conference on that day must collect their badge before that date. The Conference site may only be accessed on presentation of the accreditation badge. No badge, no entry.

N.B. The Press Room of the Climate Generations areas will be open to journalists whether or not they are accredited.

Information for the COP21 site at Le Bourget: collecting your accreditation, facilities available at the press centre… here.


Press participation in UNFCCC negotiating sessions is subject to UN rules. Accreditation online is the only official channel for members of the press to obtain registration for UNFCCC conferences and events. The secretariat is not able to process nominations sent by any other method. All members of the press must receive accreditation for each conference or event. Previous accreditations are not valid. Applications for accreditation must be made before precise deadlines ahead of negotiating sessions.


Media accreditation for UNFCCC conferences is strictly reserved for members of the press (print, photo, radio, TV, film, news agencies and online media) who represent a bona fide media organization (formally registered as a media organization in a country recognized by the United Nations General Assembly). Accreditation will only be given on proof of a track record of reporting for media organizations at international level, particularly in the area of climate change.


The UNFCCC secretariat is fully aware that numerous media have submitted applications for accreditation that have not been approved and this message is to explain how the situation is being addressed.

Firstly, this situation has arisen due to overwhelming interest from the global press and media that is unprecedented compared to any previous COP.

Whilst the UNFCCC secretariat and the French Government welcome this interest, it must be taken into account that the total number of approved accreditations is now at the maximum level in relation to the physical capacity of the media facilities and taking into account other participants, fire and security regulations. The media facilities in particular cannot accommodate more than 3,000 media ­ nearly double this figure have applied for accreditation.

 The accreditation system for applications will not be reopened.

The UNFCCC secretariat and the French Government are approaching this problem with a view to giving a fair distribution of the positions available to all countries around the world who have shown interest.

To this end, those who have already applied will be given a ceiling with regards to numbers of those who can attend on behalf of their organisations. It is understood that this will be inconvenient, but it is hoped that consideration will be given to this request to enable a window to open for other media to attend.

Media who are affected by this process, will be contacted individually on Friday 20, November 2015. Those applications which are still pending will be contacted on Saturday, 21 November 2015.

The UNFCCC secretariat and the French Government are fully aware that many will be disappointed due to this exceptional situation, but strongly request that the above is accepted.

How it works

1. What information do I need before I start?

In order to complete the process you will need the information detailed below. All information must be as it appears in the passport or other official photo identification document which you intend to present at the registration desk.

  • Complete name as it appears on official photo identification
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Passport or other photo identification number
  • Email address

2. How do I create an account?

Go to UNFCCC Online Registration to request account creation. Once you request account creation, you will receive an e-mail with your login name, password and further instructions.

3. What else do I need to do?

Accreditation requests must be supported by the following documents:

  • Letter of assignment on official letterhead of a media organization, signed by the Publisher or Editor-in-chief, indicating the name of the media representative and duration of assignment.
  • Copy of a valid press card. In the absence of a press card, you may submit additional materials, in line with the UN criteria. Further information here.

Materials are scanned into a graphics format (.pdf .gif .jpg .tif) and uploaded into the system.  The secretariat will not accept materials sent separately by e-mail. If there are any problems with your application, or additional information is needed, you will be contacted by the UNFCCC secretariat.

4. How long does it take to get accredited?

Every effort will be made to issue the accreditation as soon as possible. However, it may take 3 to 5 working days to obtain confirmation of your accreditation.  Please check the status of your application online, in the personal profile that you created.

5. My accreditation was approved, now what?

Once you have received confirmation of your accreditation, you will be registered for the conference. Print out the Registration Acknowledgment Form and bring it with you to the conference.

You may collect your badge on-site at the registration desk at the conference venue. Registration opens the weekend before the meeting starts.

You must present the same valid photo ID as used in your profile.


The names and information entered are for purposes of identification and verification only. Required information is used for accreditation and statistical purposes and will not be published for general access. This information will be retained in the system for use at future sessions, unless a written request to remove it is received from the journalist concerned.

Letters of assignment and copies of press cards are not retained. For each meeting a new letter of assignment must be submitted as well as a copy of a press card, if it has expired since the last conference.

Work cubicles

Work cubicles are available for television and radio stations as well as international news agencies during COP sessions.