NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS ON COVERAGE OF THE FIFTY-SECOND SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
FIFTY-SECOND SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Geneva, Switzerland, 27 February-4 April 2023
The fifty-second session of the Human Rights Council will begin on Monday 27 February 2023 at the United Nations’ Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Journalists who have received media accreditation for the Council are kindly requested to take note of the following information, which will assist them in their work.
How to pick up your media accreditation
Journalists whose accreditation has been approved can obtain their media pass at the Palais des Nations Villa Feuillantines Security Desk, starting at 8 a.m. on 27 February until 16.45 hr. From 25 February onwards, desks open at 8 a.m and close at 16.45hr.
When picking up your media press pass, journalists will be asked to present a valid passport or national identification with a photo from a State recognized by the United Nations General Assembly.
Important: Accreditation will only be given on proof of a track record of reporting for media organizations on international affairs. Media accreditation is not accorded to the information outlets of non-governmental organizations. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and the decisions of the United Nations Information Service are final. The United Nations Information Service reserves the right to deny or withdraw accreditation of journalists from media organizations whose activities run counter to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, or who abuse the privileges so extended or put the accreditation to improper use or act in a way not consistent with the principles of the Organization.
Enquiries about media accreditation should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All media personnel are advised to arrive early to allow enough time for security screening. Last-minute arrivals may encounter delays.
1. Access to the United Nations premises in Geneva
A United Nations media badge will be needed. Only one type of badge will be issued to each media representative (no-NGO/Media or Delegation/Media co-badging).
All media personnel will be subject to security screening upon entering the Palais des Nations during the High-Level Segment, as from 06.00hrs, coming by car, through Chemin de Fer gate by car, or as from 08.00hrs, coming on foot, through the Peace Gate.
2. Access to the meeting room
Accredited media will have access to all public meetings within the limits of the room capacity. The plenary sessions will take place in Room XX. Media will be sitting in the press gallery on the left side of the room in spaces designated “PRESS”.
Media representatives will enter Room XX from the main door and will be required to comply with the screening procedures applicable to all the participants in the session. Cameras and other audio-visual material will be subject to electronic screening.
In the event there are no available seats in Room XX, media will be able to view the proceedings from Room XIX, which will serve as a spillover room for all participants, where the webcast of the Council’s meeting will be transmitted on large screens in the six official UN languages (English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Russian).
PLEASE NOTE: These arrangements will be applicable also to the media representatives permanently accredited to the United Nations Office at Geneva.
3. Access to other facilities
All accredited journalists will have access to United Nations bar and cafeteria.
Press conferences and interviews
The list and location of press conferences by Heads of State, Government or Delegation, or United Nations senior officials will be posted on this web page: https://www.ungeneva.org/en/news-media/press-centre
For general information about the HRC session, to arrange interviews and for other media-related requests, contact:
Mr. Rolando Gómez
Media Officer for the Human Rights Council
telephone: +41 79 477 4411
Mr. Pascal Sim
Public Information Officer for the Human Rights Council
telephone: +41 76 824 7393
Mr. Matt Brown
Public Information Officer for the Human Rights Council
telephone: +41 76 453 5055
Radio studios for interviews and transmissions may be booked on +41 22 917 1077 or +41 22 917 2566.
Audio distribution boxes are available in the press gallery.
Only UNTV and one other television crew at a time may film on tripods in the centre of Room XX. Priority will be given to a television team from the same country as the speaker addressing the Council. Other crews may work from fixed positions at the back of the room and on the perimeter.
Audio plugs are available at the back of the room. The use of tripods may be restricted.
Crews are authorized to circulate in the room and film on the shoulder. This includes limited periods in the centre of the room and in the corridors. Filming on tripods in the corridors is not allowed. Filming of interviews and stakeouts is not allowed in the conference rooms.
Pool coverage may be arranged as needed.
Accredited cameramen and photographers who plan to cover the sessions should contact Mr. Michele Zaccheo, Chief of the Radio and Television Section, Information Service (+41 22 917 4606) or Mr. Gilles Sereni, Production Assistant (+41 22 917 4632 or +41 79 444 6041), email: email@example.com
UN Television (UNTV) will provide live and archived coverage of statements in the High-Level Segment of the Council.
A UNTV live broadcast feed is available for the High-Level Segment of the Human Rights Council (panel discussions not included) either via the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) or directly from UNTV feed points located in Room S-80 (UN Radio Studio) and in Room E-4 (UNTV office)
Media organization may download broadcast quality video for the High-Level Segment of the Human Rights Council from the UNTV cloud. Video will be organized by time of day and will be backed up in consecutive 15-minute files stored in a dedicated folder:
Video highlights (opening), news edits with storylines, photos, and audio will also be available via the multimedia newsroom: http://unognewsroom.org.
Specific coverage requests should be made in writing, in advance. Coverage requests and bookings for television studio and transmission facilities should be sent to:
Room E.4, Palais des Nations
CH 1211-Geneva 10
Fax: +41 22 917 0031
Photographers will work in areas on the floor designated by Information Service staff. Pool coverage may be arranged as needed. No flash equipment may be used. For further information, please contact Mr. Gilles Sereni (+41 22 917 4632 or +41 79 444 6041).
Photos of speakers in the High-Level Segment and some highlights of the session will be available at:
Official website and social media
Meeting summaries of the Human Rights Council can be found at the following website:
Information on all aspects of the Council can be found at the following website:
The website contains the session programme, news, practical information and statements related to the meeting.
Information about the Council will also be posted on the HRC official social media accounts, as follows:
HRC Twitter - http://twitter.com/UN_HRC
HRC Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/UNHRC
HRC YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/UNHumanRightsCouncil
HRC Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/humanrightscouncil/
and on the UNOG Twitter accounts:
UNOG Twitter - https://twitter.com/ungeneva & https://twitter.com/ONUGeneve
Lists of speakers and speeches (subject to availability) will be posted on the HRC Extranet.
Plenary sessions will be accessible by webcast. You can follow the Council proceedings live, or access archives at: