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     Note to Correspondents Press Release No: NOTE No. 90
    Release Date: 13 July 2000
    Media Arrangements for Millennium Summit of United Nations

    6-8 September 2000
     

     NEW YORK, 12 July (UN Headquarters) -- The Millennium Summit of the United Nations will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 6 to 8 September 2000.  The Building will be closed to the public during this period and access will be restricted to those persons who are accredited and wearing a United Nations grounds pass.

    Media Accreditation:

    Until Friday, 25 August, media representatives can receive accreditation at:

      UNITAR building, 801 First Avenue (North-west corner of 45th Street) 
       Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., closed 1 - 2 p.m.

    From Monday, 28 August, to Friday, 22 September, the Media Accreditation Centre will be in: 

      FF building, 305 E. 45th Street 
      Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed 1 - 2 p.m. 

    The hours of operation for the days immediately prior to and during the Millennium Summit will be as follows:

     Saturday, 2 September    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
     Sunday, 3 September     9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
     Monday, 4 September (holiday)   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
     Tuesday, 5 September    7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
     Wednesday, 6 September    6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
     Thursday, 7 September     8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
     Friday, 8 September     9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Correspondents already possessing a valid United Nations grounds pass will not need additional accreditation for the Millennium Summit.  All others must apply for accreditation by Monday, 21 August, by submitting a completed accreditation form available from: 

    -- Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit, room S-250, United Nations,
     tel.: (212) 963-6934/ -2393/ -2392/ -3866/ -7164; fax: (212) 963-4642

    --  The Media Accreditation office in the UNITAR building (801 First Avenue)

    -- The United Nations Web site at www.un.org/millennium/summit.pdf

    --  United Nations Information Centres and offices around the world

    All members of the press corps accompanying heads of State, heads of government or heads of delegation must complete an application form for accreditation, attached to an official letter from the permanent mission concerned, addressed to:

     Chief, Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit 
     News and Media Division
     Department of Public Information (DPI), United Nations

    The letter must list the names of the media representatives with their functional titles and affiliation.

    Members of the media accompanying the head of State, head of government or head of delegation must present themselves to the Accreditation Centre, where they will have their photographs taken and be issued a United Nations grounds pass upon presentation of national passports and another valid photo ID. 

    All other media wishing to cover the Millennium Summit will have a United Nations grounds pass issued at the Accreditation Centre upon presentation of a letter of assignment from their Editor-in-Chief, addressed to the Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit.  Two pieces of photo identification (such as passport, national press credentials, police press pass, driver’s license, etc.) are also required. 

    For security reasons, all members of the press corps will be required to wear both their United Nations grounds pass and national press ID at all times.

    Entry and Screening Procedures

    The designated press entrances for the Millennium Summit are as follows:

    Tuesday, 5 September   Visitors’ Gate, First Avenue and 46th Street
    (open at 8 a.m.)

    Wednesday, 6 September 48th Street Gate, First Avenue and 48th Street
    (open at 6 a.m.)

    Thursday, 7 September  48th Street Gate, First Avenue and 48th Street 
    (open at 7 a.m.)

    Friday, 8 September   48th Street Gate, First Avenue and 48th Street 
    (open at 7 a.m.)

    All media representatives will be required to present a valid United Nations grounds pass to the United Nations security officers at the gate. 

    All media personnel are advised to arrive early to allow sufficient time for screening.  Last-minute arrivals will encounter delays, and may be further delayed should First Avenue be temporarily closed for motorcades.

    Media Centre and Other Facilities

    The facilities available to the press on the third floor of the Secretariat Building will include telephone, fax, and Internet access at commercial rates.  The Ex Press Bar on the third floor of the General Assembly building will serve as an overflow area for the press corps, particularly the official photographers and cameramen waiting to enter the booth assigned to them.  These locations will also be equipped with electrical outlets and a television monitor showing the proceedings in the Plenary Hall.

    The United Nations will establish a Media Centre for the local and visiting press corps in Conference Room 1, which will provide the following technical services: 

    -- Television sets carrying live proceedings on closed circuit television in English
    -- Video distribution in NTSC and PAL will be available; media organizations must provide their own video recording decks (most camera equipment cannot accept video inputs)

    -- Audio distribution to record official proceedings will be available, with provision for language selection, including “floor” audio and interpretation into the six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish)

    -- Paging system for general announcements to the media

    -- Telephone lines (credit cards required) and 110 volt electrical outlets; journalists using their own laptops must provide their own modems

    -- Computers with Internet access

    -- Documents distribution (including press releases)

    An information desk will be staffed at all times from 6 to 8 September to assist journalists with both substantive and organizational questions. 

    Media Centre 
     tel.: (212) 963-9611/ -9612/ -9613

    United Nations Audiovisual Materials

    Photographs, videotapes and audiocassettes are available from the United Nations.  During the Millennium Summit, the offices providing these services will open at 9 a.m.

    Photographs will be available to accredited correspondents free of charge.  Photographs of morning speeches will be available during the afternoon of the same day; photos of the afternoon speeches, the morning of the following day.  Please direct photo inquiries and requests to: 

     United Nations Photo Library
     Room S-805-L 
     tel.: (212) 963-6927
     fax: (212) 963-1658

    Videotapes of speeches are available for a fee (NTSC standard only) in VHS, U-matic (3/4”), and Betacam SP formats. Advance tape orders will be available for pick-up immediately following the speech.  To request a videotape of a speech, contact: 

     UNTV
     tel.: (212) 963-7652 
     fax: (212) 963-3860

    Live television feeds will be available through commercial carriers.  For information, please contact:

     UNTV
     tel.:  (212) 963-7650 
     fax: (212) 963-3860

    Please note that unilateral television production services will not be available from United Nations Television during the Millennium Summit.

    Audio cassettes of speeches will be available, free of charge, from:

     United Nations Audio Library
    (located on the first basement concourse level 1-B, in room GA-27)
     tel.: (212) 963-9272 / -9269
     fax: (212) 963-3860

    Speeches are normally available in the original (“floor”) language in which they were delivered.   Special requests for recording of the interpreter’s track in one of the six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) should be made in advance, and are subject to the limitations of the recording facilities.

    Accredited correspondents are provided with audiocassettes of news items free of charge.  Delegates may request one cassette of each speech free of charge.  Additional copies, back orders and other special requests are subject to charge and are handled by:

     Sound Recording Unit
     Room GA-13-C
     tel.: (212) 963-7658

    Other Arrangements

    Pool coverage:  Owing to logistics and space considerations, nearly all visual media coverage will be done by selected media pools.  The pools are reserved exclusively for United Nations Television, United Nations photographers, international wire services and photo agencies.  In the case of print media, the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) will notify the Department of Public Information (DPI) of its representative.

    The official press corps accompanying a head of State, head of government or head of delegation, including the official photographer, will not be permitted to participate in these pools.  The one exception will be the luncheon in which their head of State, head of government or head of delegation participates, where the official photographer will be allowed to join the pool.  In all instances, DPI liaison staff will accompany media pools.  Contact:

     tel.: (212) 963-6934 
     fax: (212) 963-4642

    TV and photo coverage in the General Assembly Hall:  Official photographers and official television crews will have an opportunity to cover the speech of their head of State, head of government or head of delegation on a rotating basis, from the press booths surrounding the General Assembly Hall.  Owing to space limitations, they may not remain to cover other speeches.  A limited number of still photographers, escorted by DPI liaison staff, will also be allowed to take photographs from the “bridge” at the back of the General Assembly Hall during the speech.  These operations will be coordinated from the third floor liaison desk in the General Assembly building.

     Media Liaison Desk, tel.: (212) 963-7756 / -3353

    Tickets to Press Gallery in General Assembly Hall:  There are 53 seats available for media representatives in the Press Gallery of the General Assembly Hall.  The Media Liaison Desk on the third floor will distribute tickets on a first-come first-served basis half an hour before the meeting.

     tel.: (212) 963-7756 / -3353

    Copies of speeches for the press:  The text of speeches (by heads of State, heads of government, or heads of delegation) are made available by the relevant delegations in the Media Centre in Conference Room 1 (located in the first basement, 1-B), and at the documents distribution counter in the third floor press area. 

    United Nations press release coverage:  DPI will provide press release coverage in English and French of open meetings of the Millennium Summit.  These may be obtained from the third floor documents counter and in the Media Centre.  Further queries should be directed to the Press Service.

      tel.: (212) 963-7211/ -2360

    Background material:  For press materials about the Summit, the Secretary-General's Millennium Report and key issues, see the United Nations web site at www.un.org/millennium.  For additional information, suggestions for interviews, and other related assistance, contact the Public Affairs Division/DPI.

     tel.: (212) 963-6870 / -1453
     fax: (212) 963-0536
     e-mail: pascale@un.org 

    Internet:  The United Nations Web site will present full coverage in English of the Millennium Summit at http://www.un.org/millennium/summit.htm, and in other five official languages under their respective pages.  It will offer a live webcast of the Summit’s official proceedings in English and French, as well as some press conferences.  The Web site will also make available texts of statements in their original language, press releases, radio programmes and photos, along with background information regarding the Summit.  The Millennium Summit webcast will be archived for six months.

    Briefings for journalists:  Daily briefings will be held for journalists in room S-226.

    Coverage of bilateral meetings:  Photo opportunities will be available for bilateral meetings that are open for coverage.  Media representatives covering these meetings will be asked to assemble at the third floor liaison desk, from which point they will be escorted by a liaison officer from DPI. 

    Coverage of treaty signature/ratification event:  Media representatives will be able to cover the signature and ratification of treaties during the Millennium Summit from a special platform near the Delegates’ Entrance (ground level).  There will be space for a limited number of photographers. 

     Media Liaison Desk
     tel.: (212) 963-7756 / -3353 

    Press Conferences:  During the Millennium Summit, press conferences will be held in room S-226 and in Conference Room 2.  The list of press conferences will be announced daily.

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    Media Schedule of Meetings and Events

    as of 10 July

    Wednesday, 6 September

    Arrivals - Time to be announced

    9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
       Opening of the Summit (General Assembly Hall), including speeches by:  
       Co-Chairs of the Millennium Summit, Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, and Sam Nujoma, 
        President of Namibia 
        Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan
        Statements by 33 speakers 
        The President of the host country, William J. Clinton, is expected to be the first speaker.

    3 - 6 p.m.  
       Statements by 30 speakers (General Assembly Hall) 
       First round table*

    Thursday, 7 September
    9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
       Statements by 40 speakers (General Assembly Hall)

    10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
       Second round table*

    3 - 6 p.m.  
       Statements by 30 speakers (General Assembly Hall)
       Third round table*

    Friday, 8 September
    9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
       Statements by 40 speakers (General Assembly Hall)

    10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
       Fourth round table* 

    3 - 6 p.m.  
       Statements by 20 speakers (General Assembly Hall)

        Close of the Summit
     

    Note:   Schedule of press conferences and treaty signings is not yet available.

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    * It has not yet been decided whether the round tables will be open to the media.
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