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Access To The Bella Centre At Copenhagen

Published: Wed 16 Dec 2009 11:32 AM
Access To The Bella Centre At Copenhagen Climate Change Conference
The UN regrets the long delays today for people wishing to gain access or pick up accreditation at the Bella Centre, the venue for the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen and is doing all it can to alleviate further delays.
Over 45,000 people have applied to attend the conference, three times more than its capacity. An overwhelming number of those who applied arrived on Monday, causing congestion in the area outside the UN venue, which is under the control of the Danish police, and also long delays inside the UN area of control at accreditation counters. The UN accredited a total of around 3,500 new delegates today.
UN security is also in contact with the Danish police to help speed identification of those already accredited and wishing to enter through the gate into the UN venue.
The access to the venue for NGOs will continue to be controlled by the existing quota system to allow balanced access by NGO organisations. NGO representatives are given over half of the capacity of the Bella Centre, more than ever before at a climate conference. As of tomorrow, only NGO organisations that have the secondary badges issued will be able to enter the Bella Centre .
The UN retains full access to the centre for government delegations. It also retains full access for press who have already been accredited. The UN will work to ensure prompt access and accreditation within the venue, inside the limits of physical capacity.
ENDS

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