U.S. Department of State Announces U.S. Center at Copenhagen Climate Change Negotiation and Launches COP-15 Web site: www.cop15.state.gov

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 25, 2009

For the first time, the U.S. Department of State, in coordination with the White House and multiple federal departments and agencies, is organizing and hosting a U.S. Center at the annual Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). At the 15th session (COP-15) in Copenhagen, Denmark, December 7-18, the U.S. Center will host over 70 events during the two-week conference that will highlight the strong actions the U.S. is taking at home and the leadership role the U.S. is fulfilling internationally to combat global climate change. This diplomatic initiative involves participation by academic institutions, scientific and research laboratories, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

The U.S. Center will occupy a central location in the Bella Conference Center. It will provide an opportunity for the approximately 15,000 accredited participants at COP-15 and the Department’s COP-15 Web site visitors to learn more about U.S. climate actions. The U.S. Center will feature panel presentations, publications and videotape screenings to describe U.S. climate change policies and initiatives, including public-private partnerships and collaboration with other governments. Science On a Sphere®, a visually compelling globe that displays computer-driven animated images of the Earth’s land, oceans, and atmosphere, will be the U.S. Center’s dynamic centerpiece.

The COP-15 Web site (www.cop15.state.gov) will serve as the central resource for public information about United States policy positions and U.S. Center programs at the Copenhagen negotiation. The U.S. Center page will feature the two-week program of events, as well as fact sheets, photographs, and brief audio and video recordings from selected panels. Through Web streaming, there will be opportunities to watch U.S. Center programs happening live in Copenhagen. On its Press page, the Web site will feature press releases, statements and transcripts of formal press briefings. The Links page will connect users to U.S. climate change Web sites across the Federal Government.

The Department has also launched a Facebook page for the duration of the Copenhagen conference at www.facebook.com/usdos.cop15 to provide real time news, updates and information to users worldwide.

PRN: 2009/1176