Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 August 2008

Senegal / UN’s top climate change official to speak at Africa Carbon Forum in Dakar, Senegal




Senegal / UN’s top climate change official to speak at Africa Carbon Forum in Dakar, Senegal


DAKAR, Sénégal, August 25, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Africa Carbon Forum, 3–5 September 2008, in Dakar, is the first event of its kind to be

held on the African continent and will include a carbon investment trade fair, conference and

policy forum.

At Africa Carbon Forum, the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat will give the media

several opportunities to listen to and interview key figures in the UN climate change process.

On the opening day of the Forum (3 September), Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of

the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will deliver a

keynote address. The UN’s top climate change official will speak on the current international

climate change negotiations and their critical importance for Africa. He will also speak on the role

of the carbon market and the potential of project-based mechanisms, like the clean development

mechanism (CDM), for stimulating green investment in Africa.

Media representatives are invited to prearrange interviews with Mr. de Boer (see contact

details below). Media outlets without representation in West Africa or which are unable to send

staff, may request a phone interview.

Throughout the three days of Africa Carbon Forum, secretariat staff will be available to

answer questions about CDM at the UNFCCC booth.

Note to journalists:

To arrange an interview or to learn more about CDM, please contact David Abbass, Public

Information Officer, tel: +49 228 815 1511, mobile: +49 173 561 7448; e-mail: dabbass(at)

or Judith Adrien, Public Information Assistant, tel: +49 228 815 1355; e-mail: jadrien(at)

For accreditation go to

About the UNFCCC

With 192 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has near universal

membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has to date 182

member Parties. Under the Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and

countries in transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction

commitments. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in

the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.


SOURCE : United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)


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