Where can I learn more about attending COP27, including credentialing? I don’t have a badge for COP27 but would like to attend the conference. Can the U.S. Government provide me a badge?
In-person attendance in sessions of Conferences of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is open to registered representatives of Parties, observer states, and admitted observer organizations. Conferences are not open to the general public.
The United States, as a Party to the UNFCCC, brings a delegation to the COPs. In general, the United States only accredits U.S. Government employees and government contractors as part of our delegation.
If you are not a U.S. Government employee and not a member of an already-admitted organization (a non-governmental organization, NGO, or intergovernmental organizations, IGO), you may consider reaching out to an already-admitted NGO or IGO to inquire about the possibility of being credentialed as part of their delegation.
What are the deadlines for my organization to apply for observer status for COP27?
For the COP27 review cycle, the deadline for submission of applications for observer status to the UNFCCC (which is required for organizations to receive credentials for the COPs) has already closed (on August 31 of 2021).
For the COP28 review cycle, organizations (both NGOs and IGOs) interested in obtaining observer status can submit applications until August 31, 2022 at 23:59 CEST in the UNFCCC Online Admission System.
All travelers to COP27, regardless of passport type, must have a visa for entry into Egypt.
It can take up to 30 days to receive a visa. The Department of State highly recommends that anyone who may travel to Egypt for COP27 apply for a visa as soon as possible.
For information on how to obtain your visa in Washington, DC, please consult the website of the Egyptian Embassy.
What’s the difference between the Blue Zone and the Green Zone at the COPs?
The Blue Zone is the area at COP behind the security checkpoint that requires a badge to enter. This area includes the official plenary space, negotiation rooms, pavilions, office space, and side event space.
As the host government, Egypt will be planning and coordinating the COP27 Green Zone, which will be a walking distance from the Blue Zone.
The Green Zone will feature events, exhibits, workshops, and cultural performances from businesses, youth, civil and indigenous societies, academia, artists, and fashion communities.