Environment Ministers from around the world to gather in Nairobi

UNEP Media Advisory

Environment Ministers from around the world to gather in Nairobi
for UNEP Governing Council

UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi (Kenya), 16-20 February

More than one hundred Environment Ministers are set to meet in Nairobi on 16 to 20 February for the United Nations Environment Programme’s annual Governing Council meeting.

The high-level meeting comes on the heels of an eventful year which saw further evidence of global warming, food shortages and the worst financial crisis in years. The ministers meet amid growing calls for a Global Green New Deal – a new approach to the economy that focuses on green growth and investments in natural and nature-based resources.

Issues on the table include:

- The green economy and green growth
- Climate change and the ongoing talks towards a new international agreement in Copenhagen in December 2009
- Mercury – ministers will discuss policy options for an international response to global mercury pollution
- The food crisis
- The Olympic Games and the environment
- An overview of the key environmental issues of the day including ecosystem management, resource efficiency and environmental governance.

Media are welcome to attend the daily press conferences with UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner as well as ministers and other environmental leaders.

Media accreditation will open on Wednesday 11 February at the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. To register, download the form from http://www.unicnairobi.org/media.asp and bring your documents to the GC Accreditation Desk at the UNEP Visitors’ Pavilion.

The Accreditation Desk will be open every day from 11 to 19 February, 8:30am-1pm.

The full schedule of Governing Council press conferences and media events will be sent around on 9 February.

For more information please contact the UNEP Newsdesk:
Anne-France White at Mobile: +254 (0)728 600 494
or E-mail: anne-france.white@unep.org
Shereen Zorba at Mobile: +254 (0)721 210 571
or E-mail: shereen.zorba@unep.org