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 pursuing 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.

Date: 11/18/2009 Description: U.S. Center Virtual Layout © State Dept Image

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.

Our exciting slate of events will take place in both the Reception Room and the Meeting Room, located in Hall C5 at the Bella Center.

The Reception Room, a welcome area where visitors can learn more about U.S. climate actions, participate in detailed discussions on key issues, and examine extraordinary photos and videos, will be open from 9 am to 6 pm. The Reception Room will also feature Science On a Sphere® (SOS). The U.S. Center thanks Baltic Sea Solutions and the Climate Factory for their help in bringing SOS to Copenhagen and sharing its enlightening displays with COP-15 participants. For Reception Room event details and more information on SOS programming, please see our calendar.

The Meeting Room, next door to the Reception Room, provides ample space for in-depth explorations of critical initiatives, policies, and scientific research. U.S. and international leaders in the fight against climate change will headline a varied series of panels during the two weeks of COP-15. For full details about scheduled Meeting Room events, please see our calendar.

NOTE: Event timing is subject to change. Updated schedules will be posted throughout the conference.