COP 18 United Nations

Lee FordeCOP 18 United Nations

Short Description

The government of Qatar had won the bid to stage the COP 18 United Nations Global warming event. An event attended by all UN countries to review the issues of Global Warming.

  • Date : 2012
  • Categories : International Event
  • Client : QNCC, Qatar

The Brief

The government of Qatar had won the bid to host the COP 18 United Nations Global warming event, and event attended by all UN countries to review the issues of Global Warming, in 2012 the Venue was the Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha. Qatar wanted to make this a showcase event.


Lee Forde lead the delivery and project managed the main venue for the event – The Qatar National Convention Centre the event was the second largest event ever held in the country. The QNCC housed over 50 individual meeting rooms for delegates from 20 up to 2000 each room with full technical facilities, Simultaneous interpretation, Audio including delegate microphones, Live camera, Projection systems, Lighting for camera, Set lighting and news cameras.


  • All venues were equipped and managed by Lee’s team
  • The Press room required feeds in all floor languages from all rooms plus video feeds and ability to transmit.
  • The press room housed over 3000 individual press organisations from written to televised all with specific demands this area was also under the management of Lee and his team.

A technically challenging event that was managed through support of in house resources augmented by key global suppliers in relation to equipment and staff. The event was Zoned and each zone had an independent freelance production manger , a freelance stage manager, and the event had two freelance site management working day and night shifts.

The event utilised all the venues halls and meeting rooms with the requirement to build additional 13 rooms to accommodate from 100 to 3000 pax each all with audio visual systems, translation (6 languages) stages, rigging and custom built walls within the exhibition centre. Additional tented venues provided for catering for attendees. The whole event construction, operational and technical management was undertaken by Lee Forde and his in house team with over 180 additional freelance staff to supplement.

The event generated over 50 million dollars for the venue alone. The event took four weeks to build and two weeks to break down with a live duration of 14 days. The event hosted over 2000 international press and over 14,000 attendees with the very highest level of security and attendance from both within the country and from the international attendees.

A high UN and national security presence meant that the site was an island site with two separately controlled layers of security. The event went without a hitch and all attendees and press were extremely impressed with the Venue and the organisation. Qatar was complimented on by the UN as the best ever COP event they had held out of all 17 previous events

COP 18 2012 Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha. Event Production by Lee Forde