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Check the video tutorial on how to upload a side event/exhibit application via SEORS

Please be informed that participation in side events and exhibits, including the application process in SEORS, must be in compliance with the Code of Conduct.

Side events and exhibits should be professional, respectful, inclusive and create harassment-free environments for all participants.


Welcome to the Side Events and Exhibits Online Registration System (SEORS)!

On this page, you can apply for holding a side event and/or an exhibit at the upcoming conference and find information on side events and exhibits held at previous conferences. 

For more information on side events and exhibits, including the information for attendees of side events and exhibits, please visit the Side Events and Exhibits webpage on the official UNFCCC website.


For the most up-to-date information for side event organizers, please consult the handbook for side event organizers

The handbook was updated on 2 June 2023. In case new information is added to the handbook, the secretariat will alert all side event organizers via the SEORS communication log. 

The SBSTA and the SBI, at SB 56 and SB 57, encouraged Parties and non-Party stakeholders to hold events, at the local, national, regional and international level, as appropriate, in support of the global stocktake (GST).

In this context, the selection of side events at SB 58 is based on the themes related to the GST and how proposed side events best support the GST. 

The complete list of SB 58 side event thematic categories is available below. 

Primary thematic categories (applicants must select one category):

  1. Mitigation, including response measures
  2. Adaptation, including loss and damage
  3. Means of implementation and support
  4. Integrated and holistic approaches
  5. Other topics related to the UNFCCC process

Secondary thematic categories (applicants can select up to three categories):

  1. Built environment
  2. Capacity building
  3. Children and youth
  4. Compliance
  5. Cooperative approaches/market and non-market instruments
  6. Desertification
  7. Differentiation and equity
  8. Disability and climate
  9. Disaster risk reduction, risk assessment/insurance
  10. Education, training and public awareness
  11. Enhanced Transparency Framework
  12. Enhancing international cooperation
  13. Finance
  14. Food security
  15. Forests
  16. Fossil fuel phase-down
  17. Gender
  18. Human rights
  19. Indigenous peoples
  20. Just transition
  21. Loss and damage
  22. National Adaptation Plans/Nationally Determined Contributions
  23. Nature
  24. Ocean
  25. Pathways towards low GHG emissions and climate-resilient development
  26. Response measures
  27. Science and assessment
  28. Sinks
  29. Sustainable development
  30. Systems transformation: Agriculture
  31. Systems transformation: Transport
  32. Systems transformation: Urban
  33. Systems transformation: Water
  34. Systems transformation: Energy
  35. Systems transformation: Health
  36. Systems transformation: Industry
  37. Systems transformation: Land
  38. Technology
  39. Waste and consumption


New information! COP 28 side events and exhibits application timeline


Who is eligible for holding side events and exhibits?  

  1. Observer organizations duly admitted by the Conference of the Parties are eligible to apply for one side event slot and/or one exhibit. For information on the admission process for observer organizations, please click here.
  2. Parties to the UNFCCC must partner with an observer organization in order to be eligible to apply for a side event slot and/or an exhibit slot. Please review the information note on further details for Party applicants.
  3. UN system organizations and specialized agencies.

We kindly ask you to review the Eligibility criteria and the Selection criteria before applying.

How to apply for a side event and/or exhibit? 

SEORS is the only channel used by the UNFCCC secretariat to receive applications for official side events and exhibits by IGOs and NGOs duly admitted by the COP and Parties partnering with such admitted observer organizations.

For detailed instructions on how to submit an application, please refer to the Side Events and Exhibits Application Manual

Before applying for a side event and/or an exhibit, please carefully review the frequently asked questions

! Please be informed that in case your application is successful, your contact details will become publicly available in the official side events schedule/list of exhibits in SEORS. 


Please note that all applicants must register for a new personal account in SEORS for each conference. User names and passwords from previous conferences will not work. 

Dear applicants, should you encounter any problems with registering in SEORS and accessing your SEORS account, please contact us via email:

Information for UN side event organizers and exhibitors

Applications by UN organizations for holding a side event and/or an exhibit at COP are outside of the SEORS scope. The inter-agency coordination for UN and side events and exhibits at COP is undertaken by the UNFCCC secretariat.

Please note that there is no secretariat-managed coordination of UN side event and exhibit applications for the SB sessions. Potential UN side event organizers/exhibitors should submit their applications via SEORS

How to access past side events and exhibits?

Archives of side events and exhibits held at previous UNFCCC conferences can be found here.

To view video recordings of past side events, please visit this webpage on the UNFCCC website. 

Recordings of COP 26, SB 56, and COP 27 side events can be viewed on this secretariat-managed YouTube channel


The application period for holding a side event at SB 58 closed on Friday, 10 March. Now, it is only possible to apply for being placed on the waiting list. The secretariat will contact those on the waiting list in case of cancellations by selected side event organizers.