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UNEP Press launch: Can the Copenhagen Accord pledges limit global warming to 2 or 1.5 degrees Celsius?

Launch of Emissions Gap Report on 23 November 2010 in Helsinki/London/Mexico City/Nairobi/Washington DC

As governments prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico from 29 November to 10 December, a new report spells out what the pledges of the past 12 months by governments might actually mean in terms of putting the world on track to limit global temperature rises.

The report, coordinated by UNEP, is an unprecedented partnership between over 30 leading researchers at climate modeling centres and institutes in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.

The assessment spotlights worst case and best case scenarios up to 2020 while estimating the emissions gaps likely under various outcomes that will need to be bridged in order to avoid 'dangerous' climate change.

The report will be launched to the media on 23 November 2010 by Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director with support from experts in various locations.

The launches in Helsinki, London and Nairobi will be linked via live video

Details for all launches are as follows: (Note that all times are local)

1) Helsinki

Time: 13:00

Venue: Dipoli Congress Centre, Room 21, Otakaari 24, Espoo, Finland

Speakers: Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Paula Lehtomäki, Minister of the Environment, Finland

Media contact: Katja Huumo, Communications Officer, Ministry of the Environment, Finland, Tel. + 358 50 567 5381, E-mail: katja.huumo@ymparisto.fi

2) London

Time: 11:00

Venue: Committee Room 14, International Maritime Organisation, 4 Albert Embankment, London SE1

Speakers: Joseph Alcamo, UNEP Chief Scientist and lead author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Ramzi Elias, European Climate Foundation

Media contact: Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson/Head of Media, on Tel: +254 733 632755 or +41 79 596 5737, E-mail: nick.nuttall@unep.org

3) Nairobi

Time: 14:00

Venue: Executive Office Conference Room, Block S, 3rd floor, UNEP, Gigiri

Speakers: Kilaparti Ramakrishna, UNEP Senior Advisor, Environmental Law and Conventions

Media contact: Bryan Coll, UNEP/Nairobi, Tel: +254 20 762 3088

Mobile: +254 711203148, E-mail: bryan.coll@unep.org

4) Washington D.C.

Time: 11:00

Venue: World Resources Institute, 10 G Street, NE, Suite 800, Washington D.C. 20002

Speakers / Participants: Janet Ranganathan, Vice President of Science and Research, WRI

Amy Fraenkel, Director of the UNEP Regional Office for North America

Kelly Levin, Senior Associate, WRI, and contributor to the report

Brian O'Neill, Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Elizabeth Sawin, Co-director, Climate Interactive

Media contacts: Andrea DiPaola, Information Assistant, UNEP Regional Office for North America, Tel: +1 202 621-5037, Mobile: +1 202 615-6488, E-mail: andrea.dipaola@unep.org

Michael Oko, Director, Media Relations, WRI, moko@wri.org; Tel. +1 202 729-7684; Mobile: +1 202 246-9269

5) Mexico City

Time: 10:00

Venue: National Institute of Ecology (INE), at the Centro Docuemental, Periferico Sur 5000, Col. Insurgentes Cuicuilco, Delegación Coyoacan, México, D.F.

Speakers: Dr. Adrian Fernandez, President, National Institute of Ecology

Media Contact: José Orozco, INE Press Coordinator, Tel. +52 55 5424 6434, E-mail: jorozco@ine.gob.mx

The Emissions Gap Report is jointly authored by over 30 leading scientists from international research centres