Workshop for Journalists from Developing Countries
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Workshop for Journalists from Developing Countries

The German Foundation for International Development (DSE), in co-operation with the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the United Nations Environment Programme – Information Unit for Conventions (UNEP/IUC), organized a five day seminar from 1 to 5 November 1999 on "understanding climate change".  A group of 15 journalists from developing countries attended this seminar held in Bonn, Germany at the Hotel Maritim during the fifth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) of the UNFCCC.

The primary purpose of this seminar is to raise public awareness about climate change and offer an important opportunity for generating press coverage of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, its Kyoto Protocol, and the scientific and socio-economic aspects of climate change.  The presence of ministers, diplomats, experts, and industry representatives provided journalists with news stories on environmental, political and business issues related to climate change.

The workshop opened with a special press seminar organized by the UNEP Information Unit for Conventions entitled "Understanding Climate Change":

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Luiz Gylvan Meira Filho, Vice-Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and President of the Brazilian Space Agency spoke on "What the science says".
Michael Williams of UNEP moderated the seminar.

Luiz Gylvan Meira Filho, Vice-Chariman of the Interngovemental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and President of the Brazilian Space Agency
Robert Watson, Chair of the IPCC and Director of the World Bank Environment Department <-

Robert Watson, Chair of the IPCC and Director of the World Bank Environment Department made a presentation on "Adaptation to the Expected Impacts of Climate Change".

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Ogunlade R. Davidson, Co-Chairman of IPCC Working Group III and Dean of the Engineering Faculty of the University of Sierra Leone explored "Policy options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ogunlade R., Davidson, Co-Chairman of IPCC Working Group III and Dean of the Engineering Faculty of the University of Sierra Leone
Michael Grubb of the Royal Institute of International Affairs <-

Michael Grubb of the Royal Institute of International Affairs explain how the UNFCCC legal framework works.

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Raul Estrada-Oyuela, former chairman of the Protocol talks and visiting professor at Columbia University in New York City provided an overview of future options for Kyoto Protocol implementation.

Raul Estrada-Oyuela
Axel Wustenhangen <-

Axel Wustenhangen, Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Bonn, informs press on media support arrangements at COP5.

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Workshop participants & organizers

Axel Wustenhangen
The workshop will conclude with a hands-on assignment to prepare a story around the statements of ministers given during the High Level Segment and submit it for publication on the DSE website.

 


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