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Application period for Mini side events at SB 46

From Friday, 07 April 2017 at 5 p.m. Central European Time (CET) until Friday, 28 April 2017 at 5 p.m. CET.

WHAT ARE MINI SIDE EVENTS?

Mini side events are 50-60 minutes in duration and are suitable for events such as a talk, book launch or initiative announcement by stakeholders. Mini side events take place in an open stage very prominently located inside the conference venue (WCCB). The stage is equipped with sound and lighting system, a TV screen, and a raiser.

Mini side events are part of the May 2017 Climate Action Fair.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Observer organizations duly admitted by the Conference of the Parties; for information on the admission process for observer organizations, please click here.
  2. Parties to the UNFCCC;
  3. UN system organizations and specialized agencies.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications for Mini side events will be received only through the Side Events and Exhibits Online Registration System (SEORS) during the application period (7 – 28 April 2017).

During the application period an “Apply for” button will appear on the respective SEORS conference page, which will allow users to create a personal account through which applications can be submitted. Please note that all applicants must register for a new personal account in SEORS to apply for Mini side events.


SELECTION AND ALLOCATION CRITERIA

  • Following criteria are taken into consideration for the selection of Mini side events:
    1. Applications from NGOs in Non-Annex I countries;
    2. Assessment of relevance to issues under discussion/negotiation at the particular session;
    3. Balance among observer constituencies;
    4. Balance among topic themes;
    5. Upholding of principle of sustainable operation by agreeing to disseminate all publications in electronic format only and making use of virtual participation tools such as Skype for panelists*;

    * Please specify in your application, under “Communications/Additional comments”, whether you are willing to commit to the dissemination of documentation in electronic format only at SB 46.

    The recommendation of the Linköping University publication entitled “The function of side events at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change” (ISBN 978-91-7393-765-8), as published by the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, clearly illustrates that there is a weakness in how side event outcomes are disseminated by event organizers. It is recommended, also for Mini side events, that “at a bare minimum, side event presentations should be made available to participants. The secretariat could create incentives for making presentations available, by making future selections to organise side events conditional on the organisers’ track record of making information accessible.” Accordingly, the secretariat will track the record of uploading materials by the organizers of the Mini side events through their SEORS accounts.


IMPORTANT NOTICES

  • The secretariat reminds applicants that it reserves the right to reschedule or cancel Mini side events at any time in the interest of the negotiating process.
  • Access to the conference venue, and thus to the Mini side events, is limited to duly registered conference participants.