Reliable internet connection, preferably using wired connection and that you close all other programs running on your computer to dedicate more resources to the virtual meeting session and sit as close as possible to your WIFI router to maximize your signal strength.
For optimal sound quality and to avoid noise and feedbacks, a hard-wired headset, with noise cancellation and microphone a is highly recommended.
Please note that the Interactio system will be available 1 hour prior to the start of each Special Virtual Session to familiarize yourself with the system.
2. Training sessions schedule
Training schedule on the use of the Interactio platform is as follow:
8 September 2020
Recommended for the Americas
9 September 2020
Recommended for Europe and Africa
10 September 2020
Recommended Asia and South Pacific
3. Official Meeting Sessions
The meetings sessions are schedule between 15-18 September, daily from 7:00-9:00 AM (Montreal time) – however, the platform will be activated one hour earlier as of 6:00 AM Montreal Time, We encourage you to join and test your connection early to ensure your participation sound and voice is of the highest quality.
Links to the meetings will be posted on the meeting home page and provide you two ways to connect;
As Viewer through live webcasting, with options of the 6 Un languages.
Or as Speaker with active participation for accredited official speaker, and this link will require the Login and Password that you have received by email from the CBD.
4. Platform user guide - participant guide for speakers
Joining the meeting
Open the meeting link in a web browser (Google Chrome recommended, Microsoft Edge and Safari). Please test with your preferred browser to make sure it works in advance
When prompted by the browser, you must turn on your microphone and camera to activate it on the Interactio system (1). And press Join to join the meeting (2).
Select the devices you want to use for the meeting:
camera – select your camera
microphone - select your audio input device
speaker/headset – select your audio output device
During the session
Select the preferred audio language
Click the AUDIO CHANNEL SELECTOR (1) and choose the preferred language
If your webcam is on, you will always see your own webcam, but it will only be shown to everyone once you have the floor and start to speak live.
Pause the incoming video if internet is not stable which will maintain your audio connection
Pause or play the presenter video by clicking on the button on the bottom left.
If preferred, click on the full screen icon to make the video/shared screen full screen,
Request for the Floor
Press the button RAISE HAND at the bottomto indicate the wish to speak. Your name will be added to the queue. Please note that the queue you see on your screen is in alphabetical order and is not the queue that the Chair and moderators have on their monitors which is in the chronological order of the requests for interventions from the floor as per usual procedure of CBD meetings.
The STATUS at the top will change to “Hand raised” (yellow)
When you are given the floor, the STATUS will change to “Microphone open” and the SPEAK button will turn blue and flash.
4. Press “SPEAK” to start speaking. The button will turn red and the STATUS will change to “Live”. Wait 2 seconds, then start speaking, everyone can now hear and see you.
Press the red SPEAK button to turn off the microphone when finished, it will turn blue, then back to grey status, ready for step 1 above.
Other useful options
USERS: see the list of attendees
POLLS: participate in the live poll or simply view all previous polls’ results
CHAT: view chat history and chat with others, if you have any technical problems, please use technical support information below and not on the interaction system.
FILES: download files available to you
The Secretariat is providing help before and during the meetings and support can be reached from the meeting home page by clicking on the “green question mark” at the bottom right. https://www.cbd.int/conferences/sbstta24-sbi3-prep . between 15-18 September 6:00AM – 9:00AM Montreal time.
5. Statement Submission
Parties and organizations are requested to email their statements in advance of the sessions to firstname.lastname@example.org they can be shared with interpreters. Kindly write include your country/organization in the subject line and the related session/topic.