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Press Conference: As Nations Head to Climate COP in Qatar Greenhouse Gas Emissions Gap Wider than Previously Thought, says UN Study

Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

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Date and Time: Wednesday, 21 November 2012, 10:00am (local time)

You can access the press conference via toll-free dial-in numbers listed below

UNEP will provide live coverage of the press conference via its Twitter account @UNEP


Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director (via video link)

Joseph Alcamo, UNEP Chief Scientist

Monica Araya, Member of Steering Committee, Adviser, Costa Rica Climate Change Directorate

Niklas Höhne, Lead author Ch. 2, Director Energy and Climate Policy, Ecofys

In the run up to the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will release the latest edition of its authoritative Emissions Gap Report on 21 November 2012.

The 2012 study reveals the gap to be significantly wider than previously thought.

The report - a vital reference point for climate change negotiations - provides the most recent assessment of the 'gap' between commitments made by governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and what is needed to keep global temperature rise below a 2°C limit by 2020.

Detailed analysis of the emissions cuts needed to meet a range of scenarios are outlined, as well as a raft of solutions for bridging the emissions gap by 2020.

These include measures that cover a number of key economic sectors from transport and buildings to forestry.

UNEP convened some 55 scientists from 22 countries to produce the third edition of the report.

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Other launch events around the world:

Beijing, China

  • Venue: UN Compound
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, 21 November 2012, 3:00 pm (local time)
  • Speakers:

    • Zhang Shigang, Head of UNEP China Office
    • Jiang Kejun, Co-lead author, ERI
    • Zhao Xiusheng, Tsinghua Univeristy
    • Gov. rep. (TBC)

Brasilia, Brazil

  • Venue: IPEA - Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada SBS, Quadra 1, Bloco J, Ed. BNDES 70076-900 Brasília - DF - Brasil
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, 21 November 2012, 10:00 am (local time)
  • Speakers:

    • Denise Hamú - UNEP
    • Jorge Hargrave - IPEA, report Co-author
    • Ronaldo Seroa da Motta - IPEA/UERJ, report Co-author
    • Claudio Gesteira - COPPE/UFRJ, report Co-author
    • Sven Wunder - CIFOR, report Co-author
    • Francisco de Oliveira Filho - MMA - Department Policies to Combat Deforestation - Ministry of Environment, Brazil

Brussels, Belgium

  • Venue: UN House, Rue Montoyer  14, Brussels
  • Date and Time: Thursday, 22 November 2012, 10:30 am (local time)
  • Speakers:

    • Jan Dusik, UNEP Acting Regional Director for Europe
    • Artur Runge-Metzger, Director International & Climate Strategy at DG Climate Action
    • Merlyn Van-Voore, UNEP DTIE

Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Venue: International Press Centre, Copenhagen
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, 21 November 2012, 9:30 am (local time)
  • Speakers:

    • Martin Lidegaard, Minister of Climate, Energy and Building, Denmark
    • John Christensen, Head of UNEP Risoe Centre