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AFRICAN MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON METEOROLOGY IN AFRICA - Nairobi, Kenya, 12 to 16 April 2010
The African continent is especially vulnerable to climate change, which affects all sectors of activity, from agriculture to food security, public health and water resources management, and therefore poses serious threat to development. While it is up to African leaders to assess the situation and decide on ways to mitigate the effects of climate change and protect the population, African National Meteorological and Hydrological Services are the major players to provide critical information to decision-makers and main users.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in partnership with the African Union and with the support of the Government of Kenya, is organizing the First Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology in Africa, from 12 to 16 April 2010.
The first part of the Conference, from 12 to 14 April, will be a preparatory technical meeting of experts and partners of all sectors concerned, while the Conference of Ministers itself will take place on 15 and 16 April.
The Conference will take place at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (K.I.C.C) in Nairobi, Kenya.
Journalists are formally invited to attend the following press conferences:
Wednesday 14 April, 12:00 a.m.
Speakers: Mr Michel Jarraud, WMO Secretary-General, accompanied by the Minister of Environment and Mineral Resources of Kenya
Friday 16 April, 1:00 pm (TBC)
Speakers: Mr Michel Jarraud, WMO Secretary-General, accompanied by a Representative of the African Union and of the Government of Kenya
PROGRAMME OF THE AFRICAN MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE
All sessions will be open to journalists.
The full programme is available on the following web page: http://www.wmo.int/pages/africaconf/programme_en.html
Representatives of the mass media — press, photo, radio and television — will need to be accredited for the coverage of the Conference. All journalists applying for accreditation must submit proof that they represent a bona fide media organization [formally registered as a media organization in a country recognized by the United Nations General Assembly] as follows:
Correspondents must submit their request by email on their media's organization's letterhead to the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, Public Communications Division:
WMO AND MEDIA 21 WORKSHOP
In parallel to the African Ministerial Conference, WMO and Media 21 are co-organizing a workshop for journalists on climate and food security in Africa.
Mr Daniel Wermus, Media 21, Tel: +41 22 901 33 31, E-mail: email@example.com
WMO is the United Nations' authoritative voice on weather, climate and water
For more information please contact:
In Geneva, Communications and Public Affairs Office, WMO
Ms Carine Richard-Van Maele, Chief, Tel: +41 (0)22 730 83 15, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Ms Marie Heuzé, Special Advisor, Tel: +41 (0)22 730 84 78, Email: email@example.com
Ms Gaëlle Sévenier, Press Officer, Tel: +41 (0) 22 730 8417, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Internet website: http://www.wmo.int
In Nairobi, Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, Public Communications Division:
Mr Mulei Muia, Head, Cell phone: +254-722-516 610, E-mail : email@example.com
Mr Geoffrey M. Bittok, Cellphone :+254-722-218 504, E-mail :firstname.lastname@example.org
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