COP15 Largest ever event in Bella Center

Copenhagen’s Bella Center hosted 170,000 politicians, officials,
reporters and NGOs during the recent 13-day climate change conference.
This makes COP15 the largest event ever held in the venue, and also
Denmark.

The Climate Change Conference was also the biggest the
UN has experienced, with more than 45,000 accredited delegates, NGOs
and reporters.

With a maximum 15,000 people allowed inside at
any one time, the enormous interest actually broke the system, with
long queues snaking outside the Bella Center. The UN had to issue an
apology for the chaos.

“However, seen from the Danes’ and Bella
Center’s points of view, the long queues were the only practical thing
that did not function,” says Bella Center director, Arne Bang Mikkelsen.

“Inside,
the execution of the summit conference was a fantastic experience.
Servicing 11,000 to 15,000 guests around the clock was an enormous task
and I am really proud that we and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were
able to deliver,” says Bang Mikkelsen.

COP15 data:

Over 11,000 guests passed through 23 scanners every day, as well as over 500 police and security staff

300 tons food were consumed, including over 20,000 sandwiches and 350,000 glasses of Danish tap water

With 5,500 new computer workstations and up to 8,000 laptops, the
Internet connection was expanded to six gigabit. If you had a
connection like this at home, you would be able to download a DVD film
in about six seconds.

Three days before the conclusion of the
summit conference, 38 extra meeting rooms were ordered in Bella Center
– for the USA and China, among others. They were built and furnished in
record time.

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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