Frequently asked questions

Registration to the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders (12 November 2017)

In order to attend to the Summit, we kindly ask you to register on the online registration form on citiesandregions.org. Please note that the Summit is an invitation-only event with limited space. It will take place in the COP23 “Bonn Zone” and the access to the Bonn Zone is only possible with UNFCCC COP23 accreditation.

The event is free of charge. However, the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders on 12 November 2017 is an invitation-only event and, due to access limitation of the venue, registration is subject to confirmation.

Journalists need to go through the accreditation system directly with UNFCCC in order to receive a “Press” badge. If you would like to attend the Summit as a member of the press, please make sure to additionally register using the registration form on citiesandregions.org

Please do not re-register, but contact cop23.bonn@iclei.org with any changes.

The Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders on 12 November 2017 is an invitation-only event and, due to access limitation of the venue, registration is subject to confirmation. Priority will be given to mayors and political representatives attending in person. When registering a substitute, please note that their registration may be waitlisted until further notice. Please make sure to inform cop23.bonn@iclei.org as soon as possible in these cases to allow ample time for us to plan appropriately around, based on the capacity of the venue.

In the case that you are unable to attend, we kindly ask that you inform us by email at cop23.bonn@iclei.org as soon as possible so that we may approve a registration from the waitlist, giving another local government representative an opportunity to attend the Summit.

The deadline to register to the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders is 23 October 2017. Early registration is however, highly recommended.

Registration to the Cities & Regions Pavilion

You do not need to register for the Pavilion. However, but in order to access it, you need UNFCCC accreditation. The Cities & Regions Pavilion is located inside the COP23 Bonn Zone. Accreditation and security checks are necessary in order to be able to access this zone. If you have accreditation to the Bonn Zone, you can access the Pavilion.

If you have been invited to speak at an event in the Cities and Regions Pavilion, please register using the registration form on citiesandregions.org. Kindly indicate that you will be speaking at the Cities and Regions Pavilion.

Visa

We encourage participants to verify whether they need to apply for a visa to enter Germany by checking the visa requirements for their respective country of origin.

Invited participants to the Summit can request an invitation letter in support of their visa application, when registering through the online registration form.

Program of the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English, German, French and Spanish.

COP23 Venue

Cop23 will take place in two zones: the Bula and the Bonn Zone. The Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders and the Cities and Regions Pavilion will take place in the Bonn Zone.

As stated on the UNFCCC website: “The two zones will be connected with each other, with the new train station and the “Heussallee” metro stop by dedicated electric shuttles. In addition, several hundred bicycles will be available at the Bula Zone and the Bonn Zone for free rental and use within the city (see image below).

The Bula Zone will include plenary halls, meeting rooms for negotiations, delegation offices and media facilities in the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB).

The Bonn Zone will be located in the adjacent Rheinaue Park and will accommodate climate action events including high-level events, side events, exhibits and media activities as well as delegation pavilions”.

An overview of the Bonn COP23 Venue is available here.

The closest metro stop (U-Bahn Haltestelle) to the venue is “Heussallee/Museumsmeile” located about 500m from the main entrance of the World Conference Centre and the closest bus stop is the stop “Deutsche Welle” (lines 610 and 611), about 100m away.

From Cologne: As stated on the UNFCCC website: “participants staying in downtown Cologne, west of Bonn towards Euskirchen, south of Bonn along the Rhine all the way to Koblenz, or in the picturesque wine-growing Ahr valley, can take any regional train (RE and RB) and will be able to get off at the brand-new train station “UN Campus” located only 800m from the Bula Zone’s main entrance. Railway reconstruction works going on in the region will affect traveling times and timetables, but the frequency of the schedule will be maintained”.

As stated on the UNFCCC website: “Yes, by courtesy of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia and the German Federal Government, transportation by bus, tram, metro and regional trains (RB, RE) will be free of charge in Bonn, Cologne and in-between, including the Ahr valley (“expanded VRS area”), for all registered participants in the two-week sessional period. It is planned to also include Koblenz further to the south”.

Wi-Fi will be provided free of charge by UNFCCC within the entire COP23 Bonn Zone.

Logistics – Travel to and in Bonn

The closest airport to Bonn is Cologne / Bonn (CGN) airport with a travel time of approximately 30mins from the airport to Bonn central station. However, the number of international flights and airlines operating to and from Cologne/Bonn is limited, which is why a flight to Cologne / Bonn may not be the cheapest available option. Düsseldorf (DUS) airport offers more international connections than Cologne/Bonn and is connected to Bonn central station through a direct regional train connection that runs every hour. Frankfurt (FRA) airport is the largest and busiest airport in Germany with many international airlines and flights to and from Frankfurt will most likely be available at the most competitive rates. When booking your flight, please note that a train ticket from Frankfurt airport to Bonn central station purchased upon departure will cost approximately 120€ round-trip. If traveling with a Star Alliance member company, you can save costs by booking the “Rail&Fly” option when booking your tickets, which costs approximately 70€ for a roundtrip to and from Frankfurt airport to and from any German train station.

From Frankfurt (FRA) Airport

From the airport, follow the signs “Frankfurt Flughafen Fernhahnhof” – the long-distance train station located at the AIRail Terminal next to Terminal 1. From there trains (both high-speed Inter City Express (ICE) train to Bonn/Siegburg or directly to Bonn Central Station) depart from platforms 4 to 7. Trains depart two to three times every hour between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The direct ICE train to Siegburg-Bonn takes about 38 to 57 minutes and departs at least once every hour. The one-way ICE fare from Frankfurt Airport to Bonn Siegburg is about 60 €. Tickets can be purchased from the Deutsche Bahn (DB) info counter, or from one of the red and grey ticket machines. From Siegburg/Bonn, you can reach Bonn city centre or the UN Campus by subway (see directions below) or by taxi.

Alternatively, there are also direct trains from Frankfurt Airport to Bonn central station via Mainz, along the river Rhine. Travel time is longer (1.5 – 2 hours), but the price is lower and you can enjoy a beautiful view along the river valley!

For the schedules please click here.

From Düsseldorf (DUS) airport

When arriving at Düsseldorf Airport, take the free of charge SkyTrain shuttle to “Düsseldorf Flughafen” train station. From there, on patform 4/6, you will find direct trains to Bonn central station (Bonn Hauptbahnhof). The journey lasts approximately 1h 10min and costs 15-20 € one way. Tickets can be purchased from the Deutsche Bahn (DB) info counter, or from one of the red and grey ticket machines.

From Cologne/Bonn (CGN) airport

The closest international airport to Bonn is Cologne-Bonn Airport. From Cologne-Bonn Airport, take bus number SB60, which connects to downtown Bonn in 30 minutes, and exit at the final stop Bonn Hauptbahnhof (central station). The stop for the bus to Bonn is located at Terminal 1. The bus timetable can be found here: http://bit.ly/2puFaO8. Please note that the schedule of buses is different for weekdays (“Montags-Freitags”), Saturdays (“Samstags”) and Sundays/public holidays (“Sonn- und Feiertags”). The ticket costs around 8.30 € and can be purchased at a vending machine or directly from the bus driver.

From Bonn central station

You can reach the venue by tram from the Bonn central station (Hauptbahnhof) with tramlines 16 and 63 towards ‘Bad Godesberg’ or with tram line 66 towards ‘Bad Honnef‘ or ‘Ramersdorf‘ in approximately 6 minutes (stop at Heussallee/Museumsmeile, Bonn-Gronau). Trams run from as early as 5:00 am until as late as 00:30 am, on approximately 10-minute intervals. The walk is approximately 6-8 minutes.

Please also consult the website for public transportation in Bonn, where you can find timetables, ticket prices, and network information.

From Siegburg/Bonn train station

If you are arriving in Siegburg-Bonn from Frankfurt Airport, please make your way to the ground level to Tram 66 ‘Telekom Express.’ Take tram 66 towards ‘Ramersdorf’, getting off at ‘Heussallee/Museumsmeile, Bonn-Gronau´. The walk is approximately 6-8 minutes. Please see the map below for details.

The general taxi service for transport in Bonn is: +49 (0)228/ 55 55 55. Please note that Uber and Lyft rideshares do not operate in Germany.

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