25 January 2008- The Natural World Museum (NWM) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have revealed plans to bring their innovative and highly celebrated art exhibit, "Melting Ice / A Hot Topic: Envisioning Change", to the Principality of Monaco in honor of the official programming for the Tenth Special Session of UNEP's Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum on Globalization and Environment: Financing the Climate Challenge. This forum is the largest gathering of environmental leaders from across the globe.
"UNEP and NWM have joined forces to generate environmental awareness through the Art for the Environment initiative" said Achim Steiner, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UNEP. "Science informs the mind, music and the heart but art connects with the human spirit. We urgently need to empower all three of these essential human elements if we are to rise to the challenge and seize the opportunities for economic, environmental and social renewal glimpsed through the lens of climate change."
The international exhibit on climate change will be hosted by the Office of Cultural Affairs in Monaco (DAC) from 20 February - 16 March 2008.
UNEP and NWM have been partners since 2005 through the global "Art for the Environment" initiative, a curatorial programme that utilizes the universal language of art to unite people into action and thought on a broad spectrum of environmental topics.
"We have gained significant international recognition and continue to make strides in environmental awareness," said Mia Hanak, Founding Executive Director of the Natural World Museum. "Monaco is our third stop on the global tour and our goal is to inspire environmental awareness and action around the topic of climate change by presenting this exhibit to UNEP's Governing Council - a gathering of 100 environmental leaders from around the world."
Artists participating in Melting Ice / A Hot Topic include: Subhankar Banerjee, Robert Bateman, Alfio Bonanno, David Buckland, Christo and Jeanne- Claude, Margaret Cogswell, Sebastian Copeland, Xavier Cortada, Siobhan Davies, Era & Don Farnsworth, Helen Mayer Harrison & Newton Harrison, Mona Hatoum, David & Hi-Jin Hodge, Laura Horelli, Gary Hume, Icelandic Love Corporation, Ichi Ikeda, Svein Flygari Johansen, Chris Jordan, Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen, Angela Lergo, Jonas Liverod, Ives Maes, Dalibor Martinis, Strijdom Van Der Merwe, Jacob McKean, Gilles Mingasson, David Nash, Lucy & Jorge Orta, Sven Pahlsson, Cecilia Paredes, Philippe Pastor, Shana & Robert Parkeharrison, Andrea Polli, Ana Prvacki, Kahn Selesnick, Anne Senstad, David Trubridge, Theo Wujcik, and Justin Young.