Pew Environment Group, World Wildlife Fund to Host Tele-Press Briefing on Upcoming Historic Polar Meetings

Date: April 2, 2009

Location:
Conference Call
901 E Street NW

Washington, DC 20004

Description:

Listen to an audio recording of this event.

On Thursday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m. EST, the Pew Environment Group and WWF will lead a press conference call to preview the first-ever joint Arctic Council/Antarctic Treaty Ministerial Meeting on April 6 and the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting which runs for the following 10 days. 

Never before have these groups come together to discuss urgent global issues impacting both the Arctic and Antarctica. These meetings come at a time when the poles are sending critical signals about global change. Nearly 400 diplomats, polar scientists, government officials and non-governmental organizations from 47 countries and 29 consultative parties will discuss issues including the rapid loss of Arctic ice habitat and the localized depletion of Antarctic krill, the primary food source for Antarctic whales, seals and penguins.

What: 
Expert briefing to provide an overview of high-level, first-ever ministerial meetings, key issues to be discussed and expected outcomes

When: 
Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. EST

Who: 
• Gerald Leape, Director, Antarctic Krill Conservation Project, Pew Environment Group (moderator)
• Neil Hamilton, Director, WWF International Arctic Programme
• Evan Bloom, Deputy Director, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, U.S. Department of State 

Contacts:       
Dave Bard – Pew Environment Group, 202.486.4426
Joe Pouliot – World Wildlife Fund, 202.476.9919

This call will be recorded as an mp3 and will be posted to www.krillcount.org and http://www.worldwildlife.org/arctic approximately three hours after the call ends.

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