Procedures for Media Accreditation

Media Advisories

Two key UN biodiversity meetings set to open that will help shape the post-2020 global biodiversity agenda

18 November 2019 – The UN Biodiversity Convention is convening two meetings in Montreal this week, with the expected participation of some 850 delegates from around the world, to lay the groundwork for negotiations to achieve an ambitious and effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework at next years’ UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China. Read more.

Media participation at CBD Conferences is subject to accreditation by the CBD secretariat. Accreditation is strictly reserved for members of the press - print media, photo, radio, TV, film and news agencies - who fully meet UN media accreditation requirements. Accreditation will be granted upon presentation of valid press credentials including a:

  1. Completed online accreditation form (English)
  2. Letter of assignment on official letterhead of a media organization signed by the Publisher/Assignment Editor, Editor-in-chief or Bureau Chief, specifying the name and functional title of the journalist. Unsigned letters or e-mails will not be accepted.
  3. Photocopy of a valid press card/work pass
  4. Photocopy of passport/national ID card

To avoid delays upon arrival at the relevant meeting, please submit the accreditation form together with a letter of assignment from your Editor/Bureau Chief and a photocopy of your valid professional press card to:

Mr Johan Hedlund
Media Assistant
Convention on Biological Diversity
413 Saint Jacques, suite 800
Montreal, QC H2Y 1N9, Canada
Tel.: +1 514 287 6670
Fax: +1 514 288 6588
Email: with copy to

Note that no double accreditation is allowed (e.g. as press and delegate, or as press and NGO).

Press passes can be picked up at the registration counter upon presentation of two forms of photo ID (passport, official national press pass, driver’s license, work ID, etc.) or of a photo press pass from the United Nations in New York, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, or Nairobi.

Please note that journalists accredited to cover the meetings should make their own travel and hotel bookings.

For press releases and other information, please contact Mr. David Ainsworth, Information Officer - +1 514 287 7025 or or visit the press release page.