The Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court ("the Assembly") will hold its fourteenth session from 18 to 26 November 2015 at the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Journalists wishing to cover the session and related events must submit an official letter of assignment or copy of their press card along with the completed accreditation form to the Secretariat (by e-mail to [email protected] or by fax to: +31-70-515-8376).
The application period for accreditation starts on Monday, 2 November and closes on Wednesday, 25 November at 17:00 hours CET.
Press badges will be issued and handed out at the World Forum to journalists that have received accreditation upon presentation of a passport or a valid ID with photo. Only those representatives of the media possessing press badges will be given access to meetings and special events that will be open to the media.
Due to ongoing renovations at the World Forum Convention Center, the participants of the fourteenth session are kindly requested to avail themselves of the special entrance under the white canopy located next to the main Novotel entrance at Johan de Wittlaan. Participants arriving by car may also be dropped off in from of this entrance.
Please note that there will be a press area available at the World Forum. The area is not secured, thus the Secretariat will not assume any responsibility for lost or damaged equipment. The press area will be located in the main lobby of the World Forum before the security filters across from the Novotel entrance.
Accredited correspondents are permitted access to open meetings in designated areas within the conference room. However, according to rule 42 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, the Assembly may decide that if exceptional circumstances arise, its meetings may be held in private.
Media crews interested in filming inside the World Forum Convention Center are kindly reminded that they should always liaise with the focal point from the Secretariat of the Assembly, Ms. Estera Luteranova, in order to obtain film authorization from the President of the Assembly, after which they would be escorted to the area reserved for that purpose. Any other requests for filming, particularly on the floor of the conference room where the Assembly is convening its session, should be cleared through the focal point from the Secretariat.
Audio/video recordings are permitted only during plenary meetings of the Assembly, which include general debate. There might be limitations on video/audio recording depending on whether any voting takes place during the session. If that is the case, film crews might be required to move to the part of the conference room from where the confidentiality of the vote would not be compromised.
Further information about the fourteenth session can be found on the Assembly website, including media guidelines, provisional work programme and the daily ASP Journal.
Journalists are invited to follow the President of the Assembly, Minister Sidiki Kaba, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sidiki.kaba.77 and Twitter @ICC_PASP.
For additional information please contact Ms. Estera Luteranova at +31 646 081 728 or via e-mail at [email protected]