Over 3000 international journalists, media and TV professionals to cover COP27 from Sharm El-Sheikh: SIS

Ahram Online , Friday 4 Nov 2022

More than 3,000 journalists and media professionals from around the world will cover the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in the Red Sea city of Sharm El-Sheikh between 6-18 November, Chairman of Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) Diaa Rashwan said.

India at COP27
People mill about at India s representation at the convention center hosting the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, which starts on Nov. 6, and is scheduled to end on Nov. 18, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. AP


In a press statement posted on the SIS website on Friday, Rashwan said that significant numbers of media professionals and correspondents from news agencies, newspapers, websites and television channels have registered to cover the COP27 and most of them have already arrived in Sharm El-Sheikh.

The number includes 2,800 journalists, correspondents, and photojournalists representing about 450 media outlets from all over the world.

It includes about 300 journalists and correspondents accredited to the SIS representing nearly 50 foreign media and press institutions that have bureaus in Egypt, he said.

It also includes photojournalists, broadcasters and journalists accompanying official delegations to the conference, Rashwan said.

He noted that these numbers do not include the over 500 journalists, media professionals and photojournalists representing dozens of Egyptian media outlets who have already registered to cover the conference.

Rashwan, who is also head of the Egyptian Journalists' Syndicate, said the conference is expected to be covered in 15 major languages, including Arabic, English, French, Spanish, German and Italian.

A significant number of media outlets will be broadcasting the conference proceedings from Sharm El-Sheikh, including Reuters, Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, Bloomberg News, Fox News, in addition to news agencies from Russia, Italy, China and others, Rashwan said.

Media delegations from the world's major television networks, notably the BBC, the British Sky News, NBC, CBS, Al Hurra, CNN and Euronews will also be covering the conference, Rashwan said.

In addition, there will be media delegations from television networks from Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Japan, Belgium, Turkey, China, and others, along with Arab and African media outlets, he added.

Correspondents from the world’s biggest newspapers including the New York Times from the US, the Independent from the UK, and Le Monde and Jeune Afrique from France will be present, he added.

Furthermore, media delegations of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the United Nations will be present at the conference in addition to media delegations from the Americas, Asia, Australia and the Arab region, he noted.

Journalists will be provided with all facilities needed to broadcast from the event, thanks to coordination between the UN office in Cairo and the government’s ministries, Rashwan said.

The SIS is facilitating this process by receiving media professionals at Cairo and Sharm El-Sheikh international airports and facilitating customs release of their equipment, he said.

They are also issuing the necessary permits and facilitating the movement of journalists throughout the conference, as well as providing some technical materials and equipment necessary for their work, Rashwan said.

These arrangements are being carried out through the global press centre that the SIS has already set up, Rashwan added.

More than 40,000 are expected to participate in the COP27.

French President Emmanuel Macron will be attending the conference, according to statements on Friday by the French ambassador to Egypt.

US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak are also attending.

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