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Media Accreditation for Intra Syrian Talks - January 2016

Representatives of the mass media – press, photo, radio and television – need to be accredited by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) in order to cover these Talks.

Accreditation is granted as follows:

1) Journalists already accredited at UNOG

Correspondents already possessing a valid UNOG press badge do not need to provide additional documents in order to receive accreditation for the Talks. They will be authorised into the premises with their regular badge.

2) Journalists already accredited at UNHQ

Correspondents already possessing a valid press badge for the United Nations Headquarters (New York) do not need to provide additional documents in order to receive accreditation for the Talks. However, they do need to:
  • complete the online request for accreditation
  • send a scanned copy of their UNHQ badge by email, indicating also the reference number provided upon receipt of their online request

They will need to present their regular UNHQ press badge and a valid national photo ID upon arrival at the Palais des Nations, Pregny Gate, 8 - 14 avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva 10.

3) Journalists who are not presently accredited with the United Nations

Correspondents of bona fide media organizations* can request accreditation for the Talks by

and by sending the following documents by email, as per the instructions provided on the online form, also indicating the reference number provided upon receipt of their online request:
  1. a letter of assignment on official letterhead from the Editor or Bureau Chief
  2. a copy of their press card
  3. a copy of the passport
  4. for service providers only: a letter from a broadcaster requesting accreditation for the provider and specifying that his/her services will be used in the context of the coverage of the talks must also be submitted.

In order to pick up their badge, journalists are requested to present a valid national photo ID upon arrival at the Palais des Nations, Pregny Gate, 8 - 14 avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva 10.

4) Journalists accompanying an official delegation

Each media representative accompanying the head of a delegation participating in the Talks must also be accredited.  In this case, the delegation must send a Note Verbale listing the names of the media representatives with their functional titles and affiliation (i.e. news media organization) by email to accreditation-media-syria@unog.ch.

5) Vehicles (for accredited broadcasters)

Once accredited, broadcasters who wish to bring satellite trucks to the conference area should contact untv@unog.ch  indicating the dimensions, vehicle registration number, vehicle brand and telephone and email contacts of the driver.

6) Technical requirements for LiveU

Users of LiveU should know that WiFi network of the Palais des Nations allows outgoing broadcast traffic to destination port 1935. All other ports are blocked and can only be open on specific request.

Please change the settings of LiveU accordingly. However, if the broadcasting software you use has specific requirements, kindly send a request here . Please allow 24 hours for implementation. In processing your request you may be contacted via email by our technical teams for more details.

No acknowledgement will be sent to the applicants. Correspondents wishing to know the status of their accreditation may call (tel: +41 (0)22 917 2134 or 917 4359) or email the Service at accreditation-media-syria@unog.ch. Application forms will only be considered if all required documents have been received by the Information Service.  Incomplete applications will not be processed. Accreditation is free of charge.

The press badges to enter the Palais des Nations can be picked up during regular office hours (from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) from the Pass and Identification Unit, Security and Safety Services at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Please note that no access badge to the Palais des Nations will be issued on early mornings, evenings and week-ends. Therefore, correspondents who need access to the Palais outside office hours need to collect their badges in advance.

Further information on services offered to the media will follow. However please note already that any request for streaming should be approved in advance by the United Nations IT Service. Please contact untv@unog.ch to obtain the relevant form.

* Note on bona fide media organization: The United Nations Information Service must be satisfied that the individuals applying for accreditation are bona fide media professionals and represent bona fide media organizations [formally registered as a media organization in a country recognized by the United Nations General Assembly]. Media accreditation is not accorded to the information outlets of non-governmental organizations. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and the decisions of the United Nations Information Service are final. The United Nations Organization reserves the right to deny or withdraw accreditation of journalists from media organizations whose activities run counter to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, or who abuse the privileges so extended or put the accreditation to improper use or act in a way not consistent with the principles of the Organization