DKKV: Second International Conference on Early Warning

    Bonn, Germany (ots) - Second International Conference on Early Warning opened by German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Heads of UN Agencies and Programmes

    Bringing together international organizations, governments, scientists, mayors, and a variety of representatives from civil society, the Second International Conference on Early Warning (EWC-II, 16-18 October 2003) presents an opportunity to enhance the global dialogue on early warning, to ultimately protect lives and livelihoods from the negative impacts of natural disasters.

    The 2003 UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction will be presented at 18:00 on 16 October by Mr. Jan Egeland.

    Who:         Mr. Jürgen Trittin, German Federal Minister of
                    Mr. Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for
                    Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations
                    Mr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, UN Environment
                    Mr. Michel Jarraud, Deputy Secretary-General, World
                    Meteorological Organization

    What:        The impacts of disasters have grown rapidly over the
past three decades, with thousands of fatalities, hundreds of
millions of people affected and tens of billions of dollars of
losses. Today, the challenge remains in obtaining political
responsibility to promote early warning of natural disasters, raising
public awareness and facilitating participation. The EWC-II will
focus specifically on the political commitment and responsibilities
required for effective early warning systems.

    Where:      Internationales Kongresszentrum Bundeshaus Bonn (IKBB)
                    Görresstrasse Number 15, Entrance 2 A
                    53113 Bonn, Germany

    When:        EWC-II opening ceremony and press conference Thursday 16
                    Opening ceremony 09:30-12:00
                    Press conference 11:45-12:30 (immediately following Mr.
                    Töpfer's keynote speech)

    EWC-II closing ceremony (presentation of Early Warning     Programme/Conference Statement) and press conference     Saturday 18 October     Closing ceremony 15:00-16:00     Press conference 16:00-16:30

    - Press services available on-site include PC and internet
        access, printing/copying facilities
    - Additional press activities to be announced on-site
    - Interviews available on request

ots Originaltext: DKKV

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