October 14 2016 at 18:07
COP22 Information Session for the Diplomatic Community in Rabat
by Cop22 Marrakech
A COP22 information session was held today by COP22 Commissioner Abdelâdim Lhafi and several UNFCCC representatives, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco, for the 94 accredited diplomatic missions stationed in Rabat, in preparation for the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech, November 7-18.
Commissioner Lhafi opened the session with a presentation detailing the organizational goals of the Moroccan COP22 Presidency: optimizing the conditions for negotiations, ensuring security and logistics such as lodging and transportation and encouraging strong participation from civil society and the private sector as well as an estimation for participation (197 Parties, 15,000 participants, 1,000 journalists). He further detailed the layout of the conference site “Bab Ighli”, made up of two zones: Blue Zone (160.000 m2), administered by the United Nations and accessible to those with accreditation. This zone is designed mainly for plenary sessions, working group meetings, negotiations, pavilions and high-level related events. The conference site will also include the Green Zone (27.000 m2) dedicated to civil society and innovation. The zone will be divided into thematic days (capacity building, forests, water, resilience, energy, oceans, transportation, cities and territories, gender, education, finance and agriculture innovation) and include the participation of 800 civil society groups (40% international) 25 Public Private Partnerships and more than 500 side-events. The COP22 Commissioner also assured attendees that there would be shuttles to transport delegates from main hotels to the conference site and that a transportation service would also be provided from the airport for accredited conference delegates. According to Commissioner Lhafi, the conference site should be delivered to authorities by the third week of October and delegations will meet for the Pre-COP in Marrakech, October 18-19.
The second part of the session featured a presentation by UNFCCC Protocol, Security and Media representatives who covered issues such as registration/accreditation to be completed online with the UNFCCC, scenarios for the opening of COP22 on November 7, including the official end of the French COP21 Presidency and start of the Moroccan COP22 Presidency and the opening of the High-Level Plenary on November 15. The conference venue will be considered United Nations premise and thus access will be controlled by the United Nations Security and Safety Services (UNDSS). Morocco security forces will be in charge throughout the city of Marrakech, such as at the airport and hotel venues and on the routes between the airport, hotels and the outside perimeters of the conference venue. The UNFCCC representatives described the side-events organized by Parties and Observer organizations in the Blue Zone. There will be an estimated 120 exhibits and 202 side-events open to all registered participants. In terms of communications, the UNFCCC will provide an online daily program, online information for participants, CCTV, official website, webcast of plenary meetings and press conferences. UNFCCC already has launched its online Information Hub that includes details on: venue & logistics, news & media, participation & accreditation, mandated and other events, high-level segment, negotiating bodies, side-events and exhibits, and global climate action agenda. http://newsroom.unfccc.int/cop22marrakechinformationhub/
The goal of today’s information meeting was to provide the diplomatic community with ample information ahead of the international climate change conference next month in Marrakech.
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