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World's First International Commission on Ecosystem Loss Launched in Nairobi
16/ 07/ 2009

World's First International Commission on Ecosystem Loss Launched in NairobiYou are invited to attend the launch of the world's first international commission on the catastrophic loss of the world's ecosystems. Legislators will argue that Governments are failing to stop the destruction of the world's ecosystems at a summit in Nairobi on the 18/19 July.

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Contacts:
Rob Blackhurst on + 44 7879423341
Jess Luxembourg on +44 (0)20 83406821 - Jessica.luxembourg@virgin.net
Pallab Sarker on +44 (0)7515868057 - pallab.sarker@red-publicrelations.com


You are invited to attend the launch of the world's first international commission on the catastrophic loss of the world's ecosystems. Legislators will argue that Governments are failing to stop the destruction of the world's ecosystems at a summit in Nairobi on the 18/19 July.

Economists and Scientists will join with Senior Politicians to warn that the world's Governments have not addressed the issue with the same urgency as climate change. They will consider measures including the creation of a Global Network of Marine Protected Areas, a globally consistent ban on the trade in illegal timber and a payment mechanism to ensure that forests are protected.

The Commission is made up of senior legislators from countries including China, India, UK, Brazil, Cameroon, South Africa, France, Ghana and Indonesia. You will be able to conduct interviews with legislators on these eco-system issues. Legislators will include:


Congressman Gu Yidong, China, Member of the Environment Protection and Resources, China

Mr Miungisi Lula Johnson MP, Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa

Senator Renato Casagrande, Brazil

Hon Suresh Pabhu MP,

(A full list of legislators is at the end of this release)

And the world's scientific and economics authorities on ecosystem destruction including:

Dr Pavan Sukhdev, Project Leader, Managing Director and Head of Deutsche Bank's Global Markets, and international expert on the cost of environmental destruction, who is also leading UNEP's Green Economy Initiative.


Date - MONDAY JULY 20th 10.00am

Press Conference with Global Legislators and Scientists to discuss Ecosystem Loss:

Journalists can go directly to Conference Room 1 for the summit on 18/19 July, and to the UNEP Press Room for the Press Conference on 20 July.


WITH -
Mr. Ian Johnson
Chairman of the International Commission
Senator Renato Casagrande
Co-Chair of the International Commission
Maryam Niamir-Fuller
Director of the Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination, UNEP

Address:

UNEP HQ, GIGIRI, NAIROBI (Go to the entrance on United Nations Avenue)

Journalists should come to the United Nations office in Gigiri with a press pass and valid form of identification (such as National ID/passport)

Interviews can be conducted in the Press Room (below the visitor's pavilion)

To confirm your attendance - or if you cannot make this time, but would like to interview legislators at some other point in the two day conference (18/19) July please contact:

Rob Blackhurst on +44 (0)787 9423341 (in Nairobi) - rob@robblackhurst.org
Jess Luxembourg on +442083406821 - Jessica.luxembourg@virgin.net


NOTES TO EDITORS:


1.GLOBE is the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment founded in 1989. It facilitates high-level negotiated policy positions from leading legislators from the G8 and G20 parliaments and from regional policy dialogues that are informed by business leaders and key international experts. For further information on Globe please visit http://www.globeinternational.org


2.Legislators Attending the Globe Forum in Nairobi include:

Mr Miungisi Lula Johnson MP, Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa Professor Elvis Ngolle Ngolle MP, Cabinet Minister for Forestry and Lands, Cameroon
Hon Bryon Wilfert MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Canada Congressman Gu Yidong, China, Member of the Environment Protection and Resources Conservation Committee of the National People's Congress.

Deputy Alain Gest, France Hon Collins Dauda MP, Cabinet Minister for Lands and Forestry, Ghana Hon Suresh Pabhu MP, India Hon Bomer Pasaribu MP, Chairman of the Parliament's Committee on Forestry, Indonesia


3. Maryam Niamir-Fuller is the Director of the Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination (DGEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She brings to UNEP 27 years of experience in the technical areas of sustainable rural development and environmental management in Africa, West Asia, Asia and Latin America, including work with USAID, several UN Agencies and international NGOs.

Maryam also has seven years of experience with the GEF, and since 2003, as Principal Technical Advisor for UNDP's GEF Unit in the Focal Area of Land Degradation, and Head of the Sustainable Land Management Team. She has authored numerous technical publications, is an accomplished public speaker as well as a member of several scientific communities. She holds a Master's Degree in Regional Planning and a PhD in Rangeland Management and Soil Conservation.

Further Resources
UNEP: Ecosystem Management
Ecosystem Management Key to Long-term Climate Change Adaptation: UNEP Press Release
Global Environment Facility