UN Climate Change Conference

Durban, South Africa
Department of Environmental Affairs

In 2011, South Africa hosted the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban for 25,000 delegates from 185 nations. The Expo ran alongside the main event, as a public platform to understand and debate issues of climate change providing space for performances, discussions and exhibitions. The initial spatial layout of the expo included exhibition pavilions, an event stage, conference and educational facilities, networking areas, a media hub, a recycle and rain water collection station minimising the events’ ecological footprint and reducing energy consumption through using natural light and ventilation.