Frequently Asked Questions for Media participating at COP 10 and MOP 5

  1. Where can I learn about press accreditation for COP 10/MOP5?

  2. I have covered previous CBD meetings do I have to apply again?

  3. What is the deadline for accreditation?

  4. What must I do to become accredited at the meeting?

  5. What do you mean by “additional materials”? What is required?

    If you are asked to submit additional materials, the following may be requested:
    • Print media representatives may be required to submit two bylined articles within the past four months and a copy of the publication.
    • Radio and TV media representatives may be asked to submit two recordings of reports within the past four months.
    • Photographers are required to submit original tear sheets or photos with credits of the issuing organization.
    • Online media (including “bloggers”) must meet the following requirements:
      • The web publication must belong to a registered media organization, and have a specific, verifiable non-web address and a telephone number. The online journal requesting accreditation for its correspondent must have a substantial amount of original news content or commentary or analysis on international issues
      • If the website is new, the applicant seeking accreditation must provide the latest data on the site's visitors or other relevant material (press citations, etc.) about the outlet's audience. The applicant must have an established record of having written extensively on international or biodiversity issues and must present copies of three recently published articles with his/her byline
      • Please note that online publications which are communications outreach or advocacy publications of non-governmental or non-profit organizations do not qualify for media accreditation
      • Work samples must demonstrate active engagement in covering the activities of the United Nations, and specifically the biodiversity process. Samples must be unaltered clippings or media products of the bona fide organization with bylines of the individual requesting accreditation.

  6. Do I need to send a photo?

  7. To whom do I address the letter of assignment?

  8. What should the letter of assignment contain?

  9. How can I send my materials to you?

  10. I don't have a press card. Will you still accredit me?

  11. I would like to register as a delegate or NGO and also have press accreditation. Is this possible?

  12. I am a freelance journalist. Can I still get accreditation?

  13. What about press accreditation for blogs?

  14. I am with an independent film company that is producing a documentary. Can I access the conference?

  15. I am a press officer at an embassy. Do I need press accreditation to attend?

  16. I am a writer or press officer for a non-governmental or observer organization, should I seek press accreditation?

  17. What about press traveling with a head of state/government?

  18. What if I am an organization that wishes to hold a press conference?

  19. Can I do a blanket accreditation from my organization?

  20. What happens if I have to replace someone already accredited from my organization?

  21. How can I check the status of my accreditation?

  22. Do you fund journalists’ participation?

  23. Do you make hotel reservations for press representatives?

  24. Will you help me get a visa?

  25. I've got my accreditation, what now?

  26. Can I pick up my badge in advance?

  27. What does the accreditation cover?

  28. What should I do if my badge is lost or stolen?

  29. Where am I allowed to go?

  30. Where am I not permitted?

  31. How do I request interviews?

  32. I am a still photographer, where may I take pictures?

  33. I am a broadcaster, where may I obtain images?

  34. Where are press conferences held?

  35. What languages will be spoken at the press conferences?

  36. How will I gain access to the Press Conference Room?

  37. What facilities are available to the accredited media?

  38. Will I have to pass through screening?

  39. Where can I obtain information about the latest events and activities at the Conference?

  40. Can you send me a list of CBD accredited media persons?

  41. I would like to stay informed about CBD news and events. Can you add me to your mailing list?

  42. Disclaimer

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