||FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE
SIDE EVENTS & PARALLEL EVENTS
Q. What are 'side events'?
A. Side events are events that take place in the margins of official
inter-governmental meetings, organised for the purpose of sharing experiences
and increasing opportunities for dialogue among the official meeting's
participants. A number of side events coordinated by the UN are being held
during the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meetings. Side events will also be
held inside the Sandton Convention Centre throughout the duration of the
Summit. If you want to know more about individual events, please contact the
organisers direct. New guidelines and an application form for prospective
organisers are now available.
For more information, contact the side events team in the Summit Secretariat by
email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
| Q. What are 'parallel events' and who is organising
Around the time of the Summit, a number of additional events - known as
parallel events - will take place in the Johannesburg area. These events are
being convened and managed by organisations or groups that are independent of
the United Nations and the Summit itself.
The Johannesburg World Summit Company (JOWSCO) - a non-profit company that is
wholly owned by the South African government and which was established to
manage logistical operations on behalf of the Summit's host nation - is
coordinating logistics for these parallel events.
Click here for more information on parallel events or contact JOWSCO at:
Q. Is there going to be an exhibition at the Summit?
There will actually be two exhibitions associated with the Summit, the Ubuntu
Exhibition and the "virtual exhibition".
The Ubuntu Exhibition will be held at the Wanderers Stadium (by the
Ubuntu Village) in Johannesburg inside "Tensile 1", the largest
moveable event venue in the world. With 11,000 square metres of covered space,
it will provide a home to the International Best Practice Exhibition and many
leisure and entertainment facilities. This exhibition is being managed by the
Johannesburg World Summit Company (JOWSCO) on behalf of the South African
For more information on the Ubuntu Exhibition, including information about how
you can be an exhibitor, visit the
The virtual exhibition will be a multi-media showcase of sustainable
development initiatives from all around the world, available 24 hours a day on
a dedicated website. It will be displayed on screens at the Johannesburg Summit
and at some of the parallel events taking place in the city at that time. The
exhibition will incorporate information about successful partnership
initiatives from around the world, including video presentations and
photographs. It will also provide the opportunity for people working on
sustainable development projects in the field to interact directly with Summit
delegates through live webcast links.
The virtual exhibition will bring experience from around the world directly to
the attention of the delegates who are negotiating the Summit's outcomes, and
in return provides a window to the world of activity inside the Conference
Centre. The project is being managed by the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) and Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD). For
more information and an on-line application form, visit:
Q. What other events are being held in Johannesburg at the time of the
There are a number of parallel events associated with the Summit taking place
in Johannesburg at the same time. For more information,
Q. Who is organising events in Johannesburg associated with the Summit?
The United Nations is responsible for organising the Summit and for organizing
and coordinating other events being held in the Sandton Convention Centre.
JOWSCO is organising the Ubuntu Village and the Ubuntu Exhibition and is also
providing logistical support for other parallel events being held in
Johannesburg around the same time, on behalf of the South African government.
Each of these parallel events has its own independent organiser. Please
click here for details.
Q. How can I become involved in the events in Johannesburg?
If you want to attend the Summit, you need to belong to your government's
delegation or to an accredited organisation and pre-register through them to
attend. People wishing to attend side events inside the Sandton Convention
Centre will also need to be accredited to the Summit.
For full information on accredition for government delegates,
click here, and for Intergovernmental Organisations and
click here. The deadline for accreditation of new major
groups to the process has now passed. For more information on pre-registration
of major groups,
here or send an email to
If you want to organise a side event in the Sandton Convention Centre during
here for more information. The list of side events will be posted on this
website as soon as it is available. If you want to know more about individual
events, please contact the organisers direct.
If you want to be involved with one of the parallel events, such as the Ubuntu
Village, the Ubuntu Exhibition, the civil society Global Forum, Business Day,
the Local Government Forum or Aspiration and Reality: Building Sustainability,
you should contact the organisers direct.
here for more information or visit the
If you want to organise your own event in Johannesburg associated with the
Summit, you should contact JOWSCO so that they can coordinate the logistical
arrangements (such as helping you to identify a suitable venue and organise any
transportation needs required for your event).
Click here for
If you want to attend the Summit as a representative of the media,
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