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Media Advisory: Visit of UN Secretary-General to Nairobi
30/ 03/ 2011

Media Advisory: Visit of UN Secretary-General to NairobiMedia Advisory may be subject to change. Please see footnotes concerning accreditation.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, will visit Nairobi from Wednesday 30 March to Saturday 2 April 2011 for a meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). The CEB meets twice a year and brings together the Heads of 27 UN system organizations (15 specialized agencies, 10 UN Funds and Programmes, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), under the chairmanship of the UN Secretary-General.

During the course of his visit to Nairobi, the Secretary-General will meet with His Excellency Mr. Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya and the Right Honourable Mr. Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya, open the New Office Facility of the UN Environment Programme and UN-HABITAT and visit the Olkaria Geothermal Plant in Naivasha.

Details of media events to be held during the Secretary-General's visit that the UN is involved in are as follows. For arrangements for those meetings linked with the Kenyan government and the President and the Prime Minister's offices, please contact the respective press contacts concerned.

1) Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi

What: Photo Opportunity
When: Wednesday 30 March 2011, 20:00 (flight arrives at 20:55)
Where: Presidential Pavilion, Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi
Who: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Mrs. Ban Soon-taek
Hon. Mr. George Saitoti, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Kenya
Mr. Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director
Notes: There will be no opportunity for press interviews or media stake-outs at the airport
Media are requested to gather at the Presidential Pavilion at 20:00

2) Launch of the Secretary-General's Report on the 2011 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

Thirty years after the first diagnosed case of AIDS, a new report of the United Nations Secretary-General evaluates achievements in the 30 years of the global HIV response and sets out recommendations for the way forward. Recommendations in the report will be reviewed by global leaders at this year's High Level Meeting on AIDS, from 8 -10 June 2011 in New York.

What: Press Conference
When: Thursday 31 March 2011, 09:40am
Where: Oak Room, Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club, Nairobi
Who:Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
Rebecca Awiti, Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK)
Notes: UNAIDS will be make the report and supporting press materials available to journalists on 31 March at 10:00am

3) On Thursday 31 March 2011, the UN Secretary-General will hold meetings with His Excellency Mr. Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya and the Right Honourable Mr. Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya.
For more information, please contact the Office of the President and the Office of the Prime Minister.

4) Opening Ceremony for the New Office Facility of the United Nations Environment Programme and UN-HABITAT
With 6,000 square metres of solar panels, energy saving lighting, natural ventilation systems, rainwater collection and other innovative green features, the new headquarters of UNEP and UN-HABITAT takes sustainability to a new level. His Excellency Mr. Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya will join UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon to officially open the new building.
When: Thursday 31 March 2011, 13:45 to 15:00 (Photo opportunity and press stake-out will be held at 14:55)
Where: New Office Facility, UN complex, Gigiri
Who:His Excellency Mr. Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director
Joan Clos, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN-HABITAT Executive Director
Notes: A bus for journalists will leave Chester House, Nairobi, at 10:00am
Media Accreditation for the opening ceremony will take place at the Visitor's Pavilion at the UN Compound, Gigiri, from 11:00 to 13:00 on Thursday 31 March. Journalists should bring a press card, additional photographic ID and a letter of assignment from their editor. Please note that no media accreditation will be given after 13:00.
Media should also register at this point for the Secretary-General's visit to the Olkaria Geothermal Plant on Saturday 2 April (details below)

5) Visit to the Olkaria Geothermal Plant, Naivasha
Today Kenya generates around 180 Megawatts (MW) of geothermal energy, equal to around 15 percent of the country's total energy generation. Kenya boasts massive geothermal potential (as high as 7000 Megawatts by some estimates), which is a major asset in a country which has no known coal, gas or oil reserves. The UN Secretary-General will tour the Olkaria plant in the company of Hon. Mr. Kiraitu Murungi, Minister of Energy for Kenya.
When: Saturday 2 April 2011, 15:00 to 16:30 (Media stake-out will be held at 16:10)
Where: Olkaria Geothermal Plant, Naivasha
Who: Hon. Mr. Kiraitu Murungi, Minister of Energy for Kenya
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Mrs. Ban Soon-taek
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director
Notes: Three buses able to accommodate approximately 30 journalists will leave Chester House, Nairobi, at 11:30am and will be accompanied by the UNEP Spokesperson Nick Nuttall
Media accreditation for the Olkaria visit will take place on Thursday 31 March at the Visitor's Pavilion, UN complex, Gigiri, from 11:00 to 13:00.
Only accredited journalists will be permitted to attend.

Journalists, especially those who may wish to attend using their own transport, should also RSVP to Rebecca Miano, Corporate Affairs Director at Kenya Electricity Generating Co Ltd, on 0722808428 and E-mail: rmiano@kengen.co.ke

Media contacts:
For more information on media accreditation, please contact:
Irene Mwakesi, UN Information Centre, Nairobi on Tel. +254 20 762 3677 or E-mail: Irene.mwakesi@unon.org
Bryan Coll, UNEP/Nairobi on Tel. +254 731 666214 or E-mail: bryan.coll@unep.org
For more information on the Launch of the Secretary-General's Report on the 2011 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, please contact:
Esther Gathiri-Kimotho, UNAIDS Nairobi on Tel. +254 722 435 898 or E-mail: GathiriKimotho@unaids.org
Saira Stewart, UNAIDS Geneva on Tel. +41 79 467 2013 or E-mail: stewarts@unaids.org
For more information on the Opening Ceremony for the New Office Facility or the visit to the Olkari Geothermal Plant, please contact:
Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson/Head of Media on Tel. +254 733 632 755 or E-mail: nick.nuttall@unep.org
Notes Concerning Accreditation: Please read the media advisory and the comments concerning accreditation. A visit of the UN Secretary-General understandably brings additional issues.
The United Nations cannot guarantee that media wanting to attend in particular the geothermal visit will be permitted to enter if they do not have accredited badges up front.
While we will endeavour to assist those coming under their own steam, they should contact the relevant person at KenGen mentioned above as well as relevant staff at the UN.
For the media at the opening of the New Office Facility at Gigiri on 31 March please come well in time. Accreditation will open at 11:00am. There will be an official ceremony of speeches, followed by a ribbon cutting of an official plaque and a media stake out of ten minutes with the President of the Republic of Kenya and the UN Secretary-General.
During the media stake out press will be invited to move forward and address questions to the two VIPs which will be moderated by Nick Nuttall, the UNEP Spokesperson.
It would be preferred if questions focused on Kenya's quest for a renewable energy economy.
On Saturday, at the geothermal visit, the press buses will visit first a drilling site with the UN Secretary-General and representatives from the Government of Kenya and KenGen. There will then be a visit to geothermal control room followed by a short presentation of speeches and a chance to ask delegates including the UN Secretary-General questions about renewable energy.
This will happen at the end of the visit and may take no more than 10 to 15 minutes: So good and focused questions will be invaluable.

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