The Conference of the States Parties provides an excellent opportunity for the media to learn and report on the progress and challenges ahead for the Chemical Weapons Convention and the OPCW.
Applications for Media Accreditation are now closed
Who is eligible for media accreditation?
Media accreditation is strictly reserved for professional members of the press who represent a bona fide media organisation with a proven track record of reporting.
OPCW Public Affairs must be satisfied that the individuals applying for accreditation are professionals representing a bona fide media organisation. Media organisation must have demonstrable editorial oversight and a verifiable street address and telephone number (P.O. Box will not be accepted). Accreditation will only be given on proof of a track record of reporting for media organisations. Media accreditation is not accorded to the information outlets or advocacy publications of non-governmental organisations. OPCW Public Affairs may require supplementary documentation to evaluate the application for accreditation. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and the decisions of OPCW Public Affairs are final.
OPCW Public Affairs reserves the right to deny or withdraw accreditation of representatives of media organisations whose activities abuse the privileges so extended, or put the accreditation to improper use, or act in a way not consistent with the principles of the OPCW.
How do I obtain accreditation?
You must apply for accreditation through the OPCW Media Accreditation form, which will open for applications on 18 October 2019. This is the only official channel to obtain registration for the media.
The Secretariat is not able to process applications sent by any other method, including e-mails, letters, or requests made through embassies.
All accredited media representatives will require a conference badge to gain access to public Conference sessions and events. A media accreditation application must be made for each individual wishing to receive a media badge.
Badges will be issued, upon presentation of a valid ID, at the registration desk from 9:00 on Monday, 25 November at the World Forum. Badges must be worn visibly at all times.
Any OPCW-related media requests, throughout the Conference, should be directed to OPCW Public Affairs. Media representatives should contact delegations directly if interested in interviewing other officials.
Equipment and Facilities
A high-quality live video feed of the opening session of the Conference as well as all public statements made during the General Debate will be available from the OPCW website. At the request of a State Party, deliberations may enter classified mode where only States Parties may participate.
This webcast feed is free of copyright and free to use and distribute. As space in the World Forum is limited, media organisations are strongly encouraged to make use of the webcast feed.
Cameras and Tripods
As space is limited, each accredited media organisation is restricted to one camera and tripod each in the plenary hall. Space in the plenary hall for media representatives is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is restricted to the designated areas for the media only. Should media interest exceed the space available, members of the press may be asked to pool resources.
Should camera arrangements be required at other locations during the Conference, media representatives should submit all requests to OPCW Public Affairs.
XLR jacks with an audio feed of the Conference proceedings will be available for recording equipment to be connected to the World Forum audio system.
Public wifi is available in both the World Forum and OPCW Headquarters, however the quality and reliability of the internet connection cannot be guaranteed.