Solutions Through Partnerships

Solutions Through Partnerships

2024 © Southern African Expo Solutions (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.

2024 © Southern African Expo Solutions (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.


United Nation's COP17

Durban, South Africa

Durban, South Africa



A Climate Change Conference Challenged by Nature

A Climate Change Conference Challenged by Nature

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Durban ICC

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Expo Solutions proudly recounts our instrumental role in the seamless execution of the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17) held in Durban, South Africa. Entrusted with providing a comprehensive Event Solution, including turnkey setup, electrical reticulation, and infrastructure for the extensive duration of the conference, while demonstrating unparalleled expertise in event management under the stringent deadlines and operational demands. 

Event Overview

COP17, a significant milestone in the global climate change dialogue, was hosted at the Durban International Convention Centre. The event was marked by crucial negotiations, culminating in the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action, the foundation of the Green Climate Fund, and the extension of the Kyoto Protocol. Providing a conducive environment for these negotiations required meticulous planning and execution, a challenge we were ready to meet.

The Challenge

The logistics and infrastructure management for COP17 involved navigating through the complexities of international protocols, accommodating the needs of diverse stakeholders including high-ranking officials from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), international delegations, media, and non-governmental organizations. The event's scope necessitated a dedicated team of Senior Project Managers onsite, ensuring seamless integration of services and infrastructure components.

Our Journey with COP17

Our Role and Responsibilities

Expo Solutions was responsible for a wide array of critical functions, including:

  • Electrical Reticulation and Infrastructure: We ensured a reliable power supply and technical support throughout the conference.

  • Stakeholder Liaison: Our coordination with UNFCCC officials, country delegations, and government representatives was pivotal in meeting all stakeholder requirements efficiently

  • Comprehensive Infrastructure Provision: We set up delegation offices, media studios, sound-dampened meeting rooms, and exhibition stands, among other facilities.

  • Service Provider Management: We maintained high standards across all facets of the event setup by overseeing subcontracted services including air conditioning, generators, furniture, branding, and marquees.


Our effective management and problem-solving capabilities were put to the test when we faced unforeseen challenges, such as flooding on the eve of the conference. Our team's commitment to excellence ensured the successful delivery of COP17, reinforcing our reputation as a dynamic, solutions-oriented leader in the event management industry.

Impact and Legacy

Our role in COP17 was more than just facilitating an event; it was about contributing to a pivotal moment in the global fight against climate change. The successful execution of the conference not only demonstrated our leadership in event management but also our commitment to supporting meaningful global action.


Expo Solutions' involvement in COP17 highlighted our expertise in delivering turnkey solutions for critically important international conferences. Our commitment to excellence, adaptability, and innovative problem-solving played a crucial role in ensuring the conference's objectives were met, solidifying our position as an industry leader.


We extend our gratitude to the UNFCCC, the South African Government, and all participating delegates for their collaboration. This successful partnership underscores Expo Solutions’ capabilities and dedication to supporting events that drive meaningful global action.





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