Media participation at meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is subject to accreditation by the CBD Secretariat. Media accreditation is strictly reserved for members of the press – print, photo, radio, TV, film, news agencies and online media – who represent a bona fide media organization. Accreditation will be granted upon presentation of valid press credentials including:

  1. Completed online accreditation form (available in English or Arabic)
  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.

Please also note the following:

  • Independent broadcast or film production companies are required to provide a letter from a broadcast organization or film distributor which has committed to air or distribute the work or from the UN partner organization that supports the production.
  • Print media representatives may be required to submit two bylined articles published within the last four months and a copy of the publication.
  • Radio and TV media representatives may be asked to submit two recordings of reports done within the last four months.
  • Photographers are required to submit original tear sheets or photos with credits of the issuing organization.
  • Online media must meet the following requirements, in addition to those above:
    • Web publication must belong to a registered company, such as a media organization, and have a specific, verifiable non-web address and a telephone number
    • Online journal requesting accreditation for its correspondent(s) must have a substantial amount of original news content or commentary or analysis of international issues
    • If the website is new, the applicant seeking accreditation must provide the latest data on visitors to the website or other relevant material (press citations, etc.) about the outlet’s audience. The applicant must have an established record of having written extensively on international issues and must present copies of three recently published articles with his/her byline
    • Online publications which are communications outreach or advocacy publications of non-governmental or non-profit organizations do not qualify for media accreditation.

Freelance Journalists: Freelance journalists can only obtain accreditation for a specific event or time period. Freelance journalists, including photographers, must provide clear evidence that they are on assignment from a specific news organization or publication. A valid assignment letter from that news organization, or publication, is required.

In order to complete the form and receive media accreditation, it is necessary to create a CBD account at:; once completed, an email will be sent that activates the account. If you already have a CBD account, you can sign in here:

To avoid delays upon arrival, please complete the online Media Accreditation Form, together with the documents listed above, by 31 October 2018 to Mr. Johan Hedlund (see item 26 of the information note for contact details).

It is also possible to register on-site by providing all the documents referred to above, but note that delays may be experienced in processing. Note that double accreditation is not permitted (e.g. as press and delegate, or as press and NGO).

Once accreditation is confirmed, press passes for the meeting can be picked up at the registration counter on site, 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 all journalists accredited to cover the meeting should make their own travel and hotel bookings.

For press releases, please contact Mr. David Ainsworth. For information on requesting press conferences, please contact Mr. Johan Hedlund (see item 26 of the information note for contact details).

Information regarding media guidelines and media briefing schedule, and other relevant information, will be provided at a later date on the meeting website

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