07 Feb 2013 Press release Climate change

Media Accreditation Open for UNEP Governing Council

A new chapter in the history of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will be marked on 18-22 February 2013, with the convening of the first UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum with universal membership.

Environment Ministers and high-level delegates from all member states of the United Nations can participate at the Governing Council for the first time, following a decision in 2012 by the UN General Assembly to upgrade and strengthen the role of UNEP.

Media events at the 2013 Governing Council will include launches of new reports on the changing environment of the Arctic, impacts of chemical exposure on the body's hormone system, and the environmental outlook for Africa (full details on press conferences below). UNEP will also designate two National Goodwill Ambassadors for Kenya.

The decision to upgrade UNEP implemented the commitments made by world leaders at last year's Rio+20 summit to strengthen UNEP's work in addressing global environmental challenges, and to establish the organization as the leading international authority that sets the global environmental agenda.

At the Governing Council, member states will focus on arrangements for the governance and funding of UNEP, efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of unsustainable consumption and production, and improving global access to the latest environmental science.

Important Information for Journalists

  • A press briefing on the Governing Council will be held in Nairobi on 14 February at the Norfolk Hotel at 10:30am.
  • Media accreditation is required to attend the Governing Council. Journalists should fully complete and submit the accreditation form at the following link by Tuesday 12 February 2013http://www.unep.org/newscentre/media_accreditation/nomination/
  • Accredited journalists should collect media passes at the Visitor's Pavilion inside the UN compound, Gigiri, at the following times:

Wednesday 13 February: 10am - 1pm (fast-track available on 13 Feb. for media passes)

Thursday 14 February:  10am - 1pm

Friday 15 February: 10am - 1pm

  • A valid press pass and additional photo ID must be carried at all times inside the UN compound.
  • During the Governing Council, a bus for journalists will depart Chester House daily at 11am from 18-22 February.
  • All queries on media accreditation should be addressed to: [email protected] cc. [email protected]
  • During the Governing Council, UNEP will run a series of media roundtables relating to UNEP's priority areas of work, and emerging issues in the global environment. Sessions will cover renewable energy, transport, forests, and climate change, and other topics.

More details are available at: http://unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2704&ArticleID=9387&l=en

Governing Council Press Conferences and Events

Sunday 17 February 2013

Opening of Green Shanghai Photography Exhibition

Time:  17:00-18:00

Venue: Upper Concourse, UN complex, Gigiri

The opening of the photo exhibition will see the signing of an agreement between the Shanghai Municipal Government and UNEP on a project to raise awareness of wildlife conservation. The partnership will see videos and photos displayed on Shanghai's public transport network and in city squares. A letter of cooperation on youth engagement as part of UNEP's TUNZA programme will also be signed.  

Monday 18 February 2013

Press Conference: Launch of UNEP Year Book

Time: 1.00-1.45pm 

Venue: UNEP Press Centre, (Ground Floor, UN complex, Gigiri)

In the Arctic region, the extent of sea ice was at a record low in 2012. Land ice is also retreating, while snow is disappearing and permafrost is melting. Such changes in the Arctic environment could have consequences far beyond the region, including a global rise in sea levels and a likelihood of more extreme weather. The 2013 UNEP Year Book analyzes in depth the impact of changing ice cover, ocean acidification, fisheries and the rush for resources in the Arctic. Other elements of the 2013 Year Book (the tenth edition) will highlight research on elephant and rhinoceros poaching in Africa, and ways to reduce risks to human health and the environment from chemicals.

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Press Conference: Launch of Endocrine Disrupters report

Time: 1.00-1.45pm 

Venue: UNEP Press Centre, (Ground Floor, UN complex, Gigiri)

A major study by UNEP and the World Health Organization (WHO) will present new information on the growing potential risks to human hormone and reproductive systems caused by exposure to hundreds of chemicals, known as endocrine disrupters (EDCs). These chemicals, found in a number of consumer and industrial products, are also affecting wildlife. The report provides the latest data on exposure to EDCs, and outlines priority actions that can be taken to reduce risks to human health and the environment.

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Press Conference: Launch of New Partnership for Sustainable Off-Grid Lighting

Time: 1.00-1.45pm 

Venue: UNEP Press Centre, (Ground Floor, UN complex, Gigiri)

UNEP will unveil a new partnership that aims to cut health risks and carbon emissions linked to the widespread use of kerosene lamps. Some US$30 billion is spent on kerosene alone to illuminate homes, workplaces and community areas. Kerosene lamps produce proportionally high levels of greenhouse gases and emit particles that can damage human health. The new partnership involves projects in 15 African countries to accelerate the deployment of sustainable off-grid lighting.

Thursday 21 February 2013

Press Conference: Launch of 3rd Africa Environment Outlook and Designation of UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors for Kenya

Time: 1.00-1.45pm 

Venue: UNEP Press Centre, (Ground Floor, UN complex, Gigiri)

Almost 30 per cent of deaths, ill-health and loss of economic activity caused by disease in Africa can be attributed to environmental risks.  These include indoor and outdoor air pollution, biodiversity loss, chemical contamination, and climate change. Tackling such health risks - and the related economic burden - is emerging as a key development priority for governments. The third edition of UNEP's Africa Environment Outlook highlights the full impact on human health of Africa's changing environment, and their effect on progress towards key development targets. At the same press conference, UNEP will also unveil two well-known faces as National Goodwill Ambassadors for Kenya.

Friday 22 February 2013

Closing Press Conference & Announcement of Climate Technology Centre and Network

Time: 1.00-1.45pm 

Venue: UNEP Press Centre, (Ground Floor, UN complex, Gigiri)

Information on Governing Council decisions and outcomes. 

In a separate announcement, UNEP, along with 11 other partners, will be unveiled as the hosts of a new centre to accelerate the transfer of climate-related technology to developing countries. The new project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience to changing weather patterns, drought, soil erosion, and other impacts of climate change.

Notes to Editors

Further details on the First Universal Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum are available at: