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MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR THE 2ND ROUND OF TALKS IN GENEVA



The 2nd round of talks of the international conference on Syria convened by the Secretary-General on 22 January 2014 in Montreux, Switzerland, will start in Geneva on 10 February 2014.

This is to inform correspondents of the requirements for media accreditation for the second round of talks in the framework of the Geneva Conference on Syria which was launched in Montreux, Switzerland, on 22 January 2014. 

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 the second round of talks to be held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Requests for accreditation to the talks can be sent to the United Nations Information Service as of Tuesday, 4 February 2014.  The Service will need at least 48 hours to process the requests.

Accreditation will be granted as follows:

1) Journalists already accredited at UNOG

Correspondents already possessing a valid UNOG press badge will not need to provide additional documents in order to receive accreditation for the second round of talks. They will be able to enter the premises with their regular badge.

2) Journalists already accredited at UNHQ

Correspondents already possessing a valid press badge for the United Nations in New York will not need to provide additional documents in order to receive accreditation for the second round of talks. However, they do need to send to accreditation-media-syria@unog.ch
  • a request to be accredited to the second round of talks;
  • a scanned copy of their UNHQ badge

They will need to present their regular UNHQ press badge and a valid national passport at their arrival at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations.

3) Journalists who are not presently accredited at the United Nations in Geneva or New York but who have been already accredited to the ministerial conference in Montreux and/or the first round of talks in Geneva

These correspondents need to send a letter of assignment on official letterhead from the Editor or Bureau Chief requesting accreditation for the second round of talks in Geneva to
accreditation-media-syria@unog.ch

In order to pick up their badge, journalists  will be requested to present their passport or another valid photo ID upon arrival at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations.

4) Journalists who are not presently accredited with the UN and who have not been accredited to the ministerial conference in Montreux and/or the first round of talks in Geneva

Correspondents of bona fide media organizations* can request accreditation to the second round of talks by

and by sending afterwards by email the following documents according to the instructions on the online form:
  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  will be requested to present their passport or another valid photo ID upon arrival at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations.

5) 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 to accreditation-media-syria@unog.ch a Note Verbale listing the names of the media representatives with their functional titles and affiliation (i.e. news media organization).

6) 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.
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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 normal 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