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Kyoto Conference to Go Live via Global Internet Video Broadcast
KYOTO, 28 November 1997 -- In one of the most ambitious Internet
video broadcasts ever attempted, the Third Conference of the Parties
of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP3)
to be held from 1-10 December at the Kyoto International Conference
Hall (KICH) in Japan, will be seen and heard in real time via
the Internet by many people around the world.
This unique broadcast will be available in up to seven languages
(Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish).
It will be delivered from up to 16 computer servers located in
seven countries, greatly increasing the speed and improving the
quality of these byte-heavy transmissions.
The RealVideo broadcast will feature the opening and closing ceremonies
of the Climate Change Conference, speeches by Ministers and other
heads of delegations, official negotiating sessions that are open
to the public, and selected special events sponsored by United
Nations and non-governmental organizations. Viewers in time zones
where live broadcasts are inconveniently timed will be able to
view videotaped proceedings and events at their convenience.
In addition to voice and video transmission, the COP3 web site
will feature regularly updated information about the conference
proceedings, including documentation, scheduling, and a list of
participants. It will also feature interactive chat sessions that
will enable Internet users to address topical questions to guest
The video broadcasts and chat sessions are integrated with a number
of linked web sites. The address of the COP3 web site developed
specially for the current meeting is www.cop3.or.jp and there are mirror sites in Europe at www.cop3.de and in North America at www.cop3.org. The Japanese-language web site for host-country outreach web
site is at ww2.cop3.or.jp. The COP3 web site and its mirrors are in addition to the regular
web site maintained by the Climate Change secretariat at www.unfccc.de.
At the KICH, delegates will have Internet access via a cyber centre
(the CC:INFO Centre), where they can access news coverage on COP3
from around the world.
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NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: For more information please contact Fareed Yasseen, Manager, Information Support, Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC), e-mail: email@example.com, phone: (81-75) 705-2701, fax: (81-75) 705-2702